I don’t know how, but DiCamillo has done it again. In The Magician’s Elephant you will find a beautiful tale of “what if’s” and impossibilities.
Upon her death, Peter’s mother exacted a promise of him. He agreed to always care for his newborn sister. But, being a child was told the baby was dead. In a remarkable series of events Peter begins to hope that Adele is alive and that he might find her and keep his promise. The way is impossible and at one point “…Peter decided that it was a terrible and complicated thing to hope, and that it might be easier, instead, to despair.”
But what if Peter does hope? What if?