Puny, crybaby, Myra Fine identifies with Joan of Arc. She and her brother,
Henry, are foster children cared for by the scheming, brutal Mrs. Smith.
Myra hates her life, and especially hates her brother, who is frequently
beaten by his foster mother. She daydreams that she will one day be a
heroine, like Joan, and seeks for a word that she and Henry once used
as small children when they loved each other.
New York Times:
“Marilyn Sachs is telling the truth of childhood… She is
a beautiful writer.”