Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, The

Paul Zindel
The old, converted vegetable shop where Tillie lives is more like a madhouse than a home. Tillie's mother, Beatrice, is bitter and cruel, yet desperate for her daughters' love. Her sister, Ruth, suffers epileptic fits and sneaks cigarettes every chance she gets. In the midst of chaos, Tillie struggles to keep her focus and dreams alive. Tillie -- keeper of rabbits, dreamer of atoms, true believer in life, hope, and the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigolds.

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Reviewed: 2015-04-07
We performed this my senior year in high school. I played the old woman. I'm sure it was an amazing performance, second only to the role played by Flash the Wonderbunny, and the three human leads.

I don't remember much else, but sometimes I'm likely to bust out "I hate the world, Mathilda." Fortunately, no one in the house is named Mathilda. The bit about our cells being made from exploding stars is still one of the most beautiful images I've ever read.
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