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by Anna Quindlen
Maggie Scanlan begins to sense that, beneath the calm surface of her peaceful life, everything is going wrong. Maggie observes the shifting allegiances operating behind the scenes with the sharp view of a child on the verge of adulthood. A troubling time, it ultimately becomes one of liberation, an object lession Maggie will remember.
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
About Anna Quindlen
Anna Quindlen is the author of the bestselling novels Blessings and Rise and Shine, amongst others, and of the non-fiction titles Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud and A Short Guide to a Happy Life. Her New York Times column 'Public and Private' won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. She is currently a columnist for Newsweek and lives with her husband and children in New York.
Object Lessons by Anna Quindlen
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