Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush


Author: Virginia Hamilton


HAMILTON, Virginia. Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush. [NY]: Philomel [1982]. 8vo, 216pp. Purple quarter cloth stamped in light blue foil with beige blindstamped boards. Blue-green endpapers. Top inch of boards slightly discolored, else a fine copy in the original color pictorial dust jacket illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon (light damp-stain at top and sides of spine panel, no medal affixed). Inscribed by the author, Virginia Hamilton.

First edition. 1983 Newbery Honor Book! 15-year-old Teresa has fallen in love—with a ghost. The handsome man that she’s passed on the street a few times captures her attention, and she thinks he notices her too. But when the man suddenly appears inside her home, hovering in the air and passing through solid furniture, Teresa realizes this isn’t going to be a typical crush. The ghost is Brother Rush, a man tied to Teresa’s past, who has come to show her the ways her life has special meaning, and that her problems at school and at home are not what they seem.