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What Feeds the Heart, by Daryl Glinn-Tanner

While sitting at her mother’s deathbed, Jean Marie Stark reflects on her childhood spent inside a hippie commune in the mountains above Los Angeles. Neglected by her mother amidst the revelry of the commune’s “Summer of Love” parties, young Jean searches for food as she yearns for denied maternal love. Jean creates solace in Willothin—a concoction of her whimsical imagination—with her new friend by her side; Jean finds beauty amongst the chaos. This coming-of-age account chronicles the struggles and triumphs of a young girl through past and present, reality versus imagination, grief, and acceptance as she digests what it means to feed the heart.

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