A gun is pointed at 21-year-old Ellis as she walks through a New York park. Although she escapes unharmed she is left psychologically reeling. Over the next few weeks Ellis keeps everyone at bay: the police, suitors who want to save her, and the university therapist who hints that her sweaters are too tight. But when Ellis accompanies her mother, a nurse, on a mission in the Philippines, she finds the life - even if held up - cannot be held back, and neither, finally, can she.
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Book Description Vintage, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 208 pages. 7.80x5.16x0.55 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0099452146
Book Description Vintage Books USA, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099452146