Hieroglyphics

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Synopsis

Lil and Frank married young, launched into courtship when they bonded over how they bothsuddenly, tragicallylost a parent when they were children. Over time, their marriage grew and strengthened, with each still wishing for so much more understanding of the parents theyd lost prematurely.

Now, after many years in Boston, they have retired in North Carolina. There, Lil, determined to leave a history for their children, sifts through letters and notes and diary entriesperhaps revealing more secrets than Frank wants their children to know. Meanwhile, Frank has become obsessed with what might have been left behind at the house he lived in as a boy on the outskirts of town, where a young single mother, Shelley, is just trying to raise her son with some sense of normalcy. Franks repeated visits to Shelleys house begin to trigger memories of her own family, memories that shed rather forget. Because, after all, not all parents are ones you wish to remember.

Hieroglyphics reveals the difficulty of ever really knowing the intentions and dreams and secrets of the people who raised you. In her deeply layered and masterful novel, Jill McCorkle deconstructs and reconstructs what it means to be a father or a mother, and what it means to be a child piecing together the world all around us, a child learning to make sense of the hieroglyphics of history and memory.

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