Forever, or a Long, Long Time

Flora and her brother, Julian, live with Person and Dad, their forever family after being in several foster placements that are hazy in their memory. Person is the name Flora secretly calls her adoptive forever mom, because she’s had too many moms and 9780062385680_viewtherefore calling someone “Mom” has lost any special meaning.

In fact, Flora and Julian believe they never had a biological mom–the book is sprinkled with theories on how they came to be. Maybe they came from the television, or the horizon, or crabs. “We come from the chaos, my brother and me. We were born out of the screams of other kids. We’re made of their tears. We grew from their temper tantrums.”

These theories are an attempt to create an origin story, because somewhere in the foster system, records, pictures and life books of the two siblings were lost. Heartwrenching and honest, Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter is a complex and poetic look at what makes a family, what forever means and how we can heal after trauma.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
This entry was posted in Children's novels, social issues, strong characters, Voice and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.