With America quietly gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, a 'half-Jewish' farmer's daughter from the plains of the Midwest, has come to university - escaping her provincial home to encounter the complex world of culture and politics. When she takes a job as a part-time nanny to a couple who seem at once mysterious and glamorous, Tassie is drawn into the life of their newly-adopted child and increasingly complicated household. As her past becomes increasingly alien to her - her parents seem older when she visits; her disillusioned brother ever more fixed on joining the military - Tassie finds herself becoming a stranger to herself. As the year unfolds, love leads her to new and formative experiences - but it is then that the past and the future burst forth in dramatic and shocking ways. Refracted through the eyes of this memorable narrator, A Gate at the Stairs is a lyrical, beguiling and wise novel of our times.
A chapter book for young readers seven to nine years of ageAs seven year old, Princess Emery, searches for her cats in the isolated back hallways of the castle she notices a strange light at the bottom of the tower stairs. Upon investigation, she unexpectedly finds herself in the room of "forgotten characters". With the help of a pirate, a ballerina, a circus ringmaster and a dragon, Princess Emery must discover how to help each of her new friends return to their stories while discovering her own story's ending.The Light at the Bottom of the Stairs is part of the Thisseldar series. However, it is a stand-alone story. Thisseldar books do not need to be read in order. The stories tell the adventures of Princess Emery, who lives in the imaginary Kingdom of Thisseldar.
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