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A Thousand Voices by Lisa Wingate

By Lisa Wingate

Adopted at 13, Dell Jordan was once enjoyed, mentored, and inspired to pursue her ardour for song. Now, at twenty, after a 12 months in a foreign country with a touring symphony, a scholarship to Julliard is nearby. yet beneath Dell's easily polished floor lurk mysteries from the prior. Why did her mom abandon her? Who was once her father? Are there faces someplace that seem like hers-blood relations she's by no means met?

made up our minds to discover solutions, Dell units off on a mystery trip into Oklahoma's Kiamichi Mountains, drawn via the one closing hyperlink to her origins- a father's local American identify on her beginning certificates. within the voices of her Choctaw ancestors, she'll detect the keys to a destiny not like something she may have imagined.

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Had pushed me toward NYU my senior year of high school. She thought it would be a good place for me if I didn’t go to Juilliard. “I don’t know. . ” she teased, and I pressed the pads of my fingers over my eyes, feeling like an absolute loser. ” Her chair squealed as she leaned across the desk. I knew what she’d be doing—resting her chin in her hand, waiting for me to unburden myself of whatever was bothering me. ” A T h o u s a n d Vo i c e s % 41 “I don’t. I . ” Her frown stopped me. “Come on, kiddo.

With an intake of breath, I jerked awake and was once again in my bedroom. Karen laid a hand on my forehead. “Hey, sleepyhead,” she said, “you must have really been dreaming. Feels like your fever’s broken, though. Dr. Rollings thought you were probably over the worst of it when he checked on you last night. ” Sitting on the edge of the bed with a stack of folded towels in her lap, she smoothed my hair away from my face the way she used to when I was younger. “Did you have a bad dream? ” My throat was raspy and raw.

It opened up a lot of doors I thought I’d closed. I couldn’t deal with it. The opportunity for the student music exchange program came up, so I took it. ” There. I’d said it. I’d finally told someone the truth. Barry didn’t answer at first. As usual, he took time to consider the implications. ” The answer was so emphatic that Barry blinked and drew back. “They’ll think our family isn’t enough for me, that it’s not real. ” My voice rose and carried over the yard. Giving the house a cautionary look, I paused and got myself under control.

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