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At the center of this startling fiction debut is Leah Levinson, a teen at sea in the anonymous ordeals of a middle-class upbringing on the Upper West Side in the 1970s. In ten installments, written from varying perspectives, we witness her uneasy relationships with faster, looser peers--girls she is drawn to but also alienated by.

No one, though, alienates Leah more than her mother, Helen. Estranged yet intertwined, they struggle within the confines of their personalities, unaware of how similar their paths are. Just when they seem at a lonely impasse, each makes an impulsive change--Leah taking a risky trip abroad, Helen renting a secret room in a welfare hotel. Jolted from their old patterns, the two of them independently glimpse the possibility of a more hopeful life.

Dylan Landis is a gifted portraitist of unforgettable female characters. Normal People Don't Live Like This is a striking debut.

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"Wonderful! Leah and Helen are authentic, vulnerable characters, whose intimate truths are exposed at perfect, unexpected moments."--Elizabeth Strout

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The stories are about the hidden lives of a teenager and her mother, and how they struggle to negotiate old emotional damages and open themselves to love. The girl, Leah, yearns for belonging and worships the most delinquent girls at school, while her mother, Helen, secretly rents a welfare hotel room that she obsessively decorates. The stories- quirky and darkly humorous- are told from different perspectives. In the end they all serve at least in part to illuminate who Leah is and who she may become, but they're also about the sometimes disturbing, sometimes transformative lives of the girls and women she knows.

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Dylan Landis has published stories in Bomb, Tin House, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. A former journalist, she has won a Poets & Writers California Voices Award and other honors for her fiction. She lives in Washington, DC.

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danielcasey, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by danielcasey)
through a series of vignettes a serious and intimate relation between mothers, daughters, friends & what could be called 'friemies' is revealed that is clever & emotionally real while not being sentimental
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Cheryl Klein, November 2, 2009 (view all comments by Cheryl Klein)
I tore through this book in the same manner I devoured Prep--something about my apparent hunger to see an angsty female adolescence given literary weight. Landis shines her considerable literary light on moments and images: for example, the care her bisexual protagonist devotes to touching a pregnant friend's wrist rather than her stomach. It's a book of rooms (the mother character is a designer, so this is both literal and figurative); there's sturdy architecture here, but it's often masked by a beautiful set of curtains. Very occasionally I wanted some of those offstage plot points to get bigger play (what? Leah's dad died? when did that happen?), but mostly I was happy to revel in the details.
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ISBN:
9780892553549
Author:
Landis, Dylan
Publisher:
Persea Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Teenage girls
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Classics
Subject:
Literature-Coming of Age
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Literary
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Publication Date:
August 2009
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.16x5.42x.51 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
Literature-Coming of Age

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"Synopsis" by , "Wonderful! Leah and Helen are authentic, vulnerable characters, whose intimate truths are exposed at perfect, unexpected moments."--Elizabeth Strout
"Synopsis" by , The stories are about the hidden lives of a teenager and her mother, and how they struggle to negotiate old emotional damages and open themselves to love. The girl, Leah, yearns for belonging and worships the most delinquent girls at school, while her mother, Helen, secretly rents a welfare hotel room that she obsessively decorates. The stories- quirky and darkly humorous- are told from different perspectives. In the end they all serve at least in part to illuminate who Leah is and who she may become, but they're also about the sometimes disturbing, sometimes transformative lives of the girls and women she knows.
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