First of all — Happy Canada Day! Apparently July 1 is as important north of the border as July 4 is here.
I have reached another inflection point in the story. After “Hear, Say” and “Library,” our heroine enters a new phase. Reality begins to feel slippier.
What was important to accomplish, in the first section of the book, was to describe her transition from a life where she could access village wherever she turned and felt competent and safe no matter how far her little legs took her away from house and family, to a life of strangeness stretching to infinity and where competence was a double edged sword.
Did that come through?