The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree

£6.99

‘The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree‘ is how Mafalda measures her declining eyesight. Stargardt Mist disease, a rare genetic condition, develops black spots that will erase her vision. From a seventy metre distance, her sight depreciates during the course of this story, like the writer’s own experience of this condition.

Mafalda chronicles her hopes, aims and fears in a journal. She thinks about what is essential and includes the cherry tree and Estella, her school’s Romanian school keeper. Ottimo Turcaret, her large cat, her late grandmother and Cosimo, the main character from her favourite book, offer Mafalda hope, as she reconciles herself to a loss of independence and the unknown.

There is something deeply personal in this story,  for we are party to Paola Peretti’s experience through her creation of Mafalda. Fears of later childhood, from friendships to boys, are familiar territory, but Mafalda is somehow more vulnerable, as the losses and uncertainties she faces, from her eyesight, to home and family,  seem harder to reconcile.

We recommend ‘The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree’ to readers aged from nine or ten years of age to adult. It is a really warm, meaningful, wonderful story.

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The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree

Paola Peretti

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The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree‘ is how Mafalda measures the decline of her eyesight. Suffering from Stargardt disease, a rare genetic condition that will leave her blind, we share Mafalda’s thoughts, feelings and experience.

 

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