A Room Made of Windows plunges into the chaotic life of Julia Carolyn Redfern.
Her life simmers with consistent intensity, whether she is searching for her lost cats, rescuing a trapped rabbit, slamming her brother's bike into a telephone pole, flirting with a boy visiting in her neighborhood, or rebelling at her mother's remarriage. Preoccupied with writing, she records her observations in her Book of Strangenesses. She aspires to become a professional writer, considering it the only worthwhile career for her, and she is critical of peers who view marriage and raising children as suitable life goals. As she becomes more tolerant and open-minded, Julia moves closer toward maturity.