It is the 1960s, in suburban New York City and twelve-year-old Maggie Scanlan begins to sense that despite the calm normality of her family everything is about to go horribly wrong...
When her all-powerful grandfather is struck down by a stroke Maggie is astonished to see her dispassionate father breakdown. Connie, her beautiful mother, is equally changed, becoming distant and unavailable. Matters only get worse when her cousin and her best friend start doing things to each other that leave Maggie confused about sex and terrified of sin.
With her life in turmoil Maggie must find a new normal before she loses herself completely.
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"An intelligent, highly entertaining novel laced with acute perceptions about the nature of day-to-day family life" (Anne Tyler New York Times Book Review)
"Quindlen is at her best writing about the dislocations of growing up, the blows a child does not see coming" ( Time)
"The characters are quirky and vividly drawn ... The writing is lovely, and shows humour and quiet insight ... Quindlen is an intelligent and imaginative writer" ( Boston Globe)
"Elaborate and playful... Honest and deeply felt... the sharp eye for details of class and manners, the ardent reading of domestic lives." ( New York Times)
"Anna Quindlen's first novel is about an experience that is the same for everyone and different for us all: the time when we suddenly see our family with an outsider's eye and begin the separation that marks our growing up." ( Washington Post)
'Highly entertaining' Anne Tyler
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Book Description Arrow, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 304 pages. 7.80x5.12x0.79 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0099550210
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