Funeral Songs for Dying Girls
by Cherie Dimaline
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Pub Date 04 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 10 Apr 2023
Penguin Random House Canada, Tundra Books
Winifred has lived in the apartment above the cemetery office with her father, who works in the crematorium, all her life, close to her mother's grave. With her sixteenth birthday only days away, Winifred has settled into a lazy summer schedule, lugging her obese Chihuahua around the grounds in a squeaky red wagon to visit the neglected gravesides and nursing a serious crush on her best friend, Jack.
Her habit of wandering the graveyard at all hours has started a rumor that Winterson Cemetery might be haunted. It’s welcome news since the crematorium is on the verge of closure and her father’s job is being outsourced. Now that the ghost tours have started, Winifred just might be able to save her father’s job and the only home she’s ever known, not to mention being able to stay close to where her mother is buried. All she has to do is get help from her con-artist cousin to keep up the rouse and somehow manage to stop her father from believing his wife has returned from the grave. But when Phil, an actual ghost of a teen girl who lived and died in the ravine next to the cemetery, starts showing up, Winifred begins to question everything she believes about life, love and death. Especially love.
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Winifred lives at a cemetery with her father who runs the crematorium. They receive some news that the crematorium may be closed and outsourced. Hearing this Winnie runs off upset and is mistaken for a ghost. So begins a quest to save her home but in the process she brings forth an actual ghost named Phil that awakens every party of her. Phil is full of spunk but lots of anger too. She over time tells Winnie her story as a seemingly impossible romance begins to bud between them.
I enjoyed reading this however show of the writing was a little confusing. It was hard to tell when we were being taken into the past, present or to another perspective. Overall though I enjoyed the book.
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