Angela Pneuman Lay It on My Heart

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Lay It on My Heart

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This piercing, sly debut novel tells the story of one unforgettable month in a Kentucky girl's thirteenth year. Charmaine Peake's prophet father has been committed to a psychiatric institution. Her mother, forced to rent out their house and move them down to a trailer on the river, won't stop telling Charmaine things she doesn't want to hear. A sanctimonious missionary kid has taken over her real bedroom, where Charmaine discovers his stash of strange and questionable photos. She is being tested at every turn: Where will her choices take her? And her faith? She tries to pray ceaselessly as her father taught, but with so much upheaval, even God seems to have changed.
Like the beloved Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Lay It on My Heart unleashes Southern humor on the effects of a parent's mental illness. It brings us into the heart of a family weathering the toughest patch in their lives. But most of all, it marks out the seemingly unbearable realities of adolescence and the power that comes from discovering--and accepting--who you are. A moving, hilarious portrayal of the relationship between mothers and daughters, this book fulfills Angela Pneuman's promise as "one of the most astonishingly talented writers today"(Julie Orringer).

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It s summer in Kentucky, the low ceiling of August pressing down on Charmaine Peake and the town of East Winder. Charmaine and her mother get along better with a room between them, but they ve been forced by circumstances to relocate to a tiny trailer by the river. The last of a line of local holy men, Charmaine s father has turned from prophet to patient, his revelation lost in the clarifying haze of medication. Her sure-minded grandmother has suffered a stroke. At church, where she has always felt most certain, Charmaine is tested when she uncovers that her archrival, a sanctimonious missionary kid, carries a dark, confusing secret. Suddenly her life can be sorted into what she wishes she knew and what she wishes she didn t.
A moving, hilarious portrait of mothers and daughters, Lay It on My Heart brings us into the heart of a family weathering the toughest patch of their lives. But most of all, it marks out the seemingly unbearable realities of growing up, the strength that comes from finding real friendship, and the power of discovering and accepting who you are.

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ANGELA PNEUMAN was raised in Kentucky and is a former Stegner Fellow. She currently teaches fiction writing at Stanford University and works as a writer in the California wine industry. Her first book, the story collection Home Remedies, was hailed as "call[ing] to mind Alice Munro" (San Francisco Chronicle), and her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories (2012, 2004), Ploughshares, New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Los Angeles Review and many other literary journals. In 2012, she received the inaugural Alice Hoffman prize for the short story from Ploughshares. Angela splits her time between Northern California and Chicago.

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