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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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
"Elaborate and playful...Honest and deeply felt....Here is the Quindlen wit, the sharp eye for the details of class and manners, [and] the ardent reading of domestic lives."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
It is the 1960s, in suburban New York City. Maggie and her family, are in the thrall of her powerful grandfather Jack Scanlan. In the summer of her twelfth year, Maggie is despertately trying to master the object lessons her grandfather fills her head with. But there is too much going on to concentrate. Everything at home is in upheaval, her grandfather is changing, and Maggie is unsure if what she wants is worth having....
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In this important prose work, one of our major poets explores, through autobiography and argument, a woman's life in Ireland together with a poet's work. Eavan Boland beautifully uncovers the powerful drama of how these lives affect one another.
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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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