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An Egg on Three Sticks

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Finally Abby is thirteen. A real teenager who only wants to pierce her ears, have a boyfriend, and run her own life. But when her mother suffers a nervous breakdown, Abby faces a life far different from what she hoped for. Set in the Bay Area in the '70s, An Egg on Three Sticks is Jackie Moyer Fischer's emotional, funny, and extraordinarily heartfelt novel about Abby's struggle to hold her family together, find love from a mother who has little to give, and simply try to be thirteen.

With a voice completely fresh and honest, Abby takes us on a journey that is often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, and overwhelmingly hopeful. But a journey no thirteen-year-old should have to take.

Jackie Moyer Fischer grew up in Saratoga, California, and McMinnville, Oregon. She graduated from Oregon State University and Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law. She now lives in Portland Oregon, with her husband and too many cats.

Finally Abby is thirteen. A real teenager who only wants to pierce her ears, have a boyfriend, and run her own life. But when her mother suffers a nervous breakdown, Abby faces a life far different from what she hoped for. Set in the Bay Area in the seventies, An Egg on Three Sticks is Jackie Moyer Fischer's emotional, funny, and extraordinarily heartfelt novel about Abby's struggle to hold her family together, find love from a mother who has little to give, and simply try to be thirteen.

"In prose both fresh and piercing, Fischer brings us so close to her narrator that we feel what it's like to be thirteen . . . and to be tormented by a potent mixture of love, anger, and guilt as you start to face the hard truths of the adult world. Abby's voice is unfaltering; its honesty and pure tone animate a story of immediate and affecting emotional power."Anitra Sheen, author of Things Unspoken

"You can't stop reading An Egg on Three Sticks once you start it. Three pages in, I was hooked."Billie Letts, author of Where the Heart Is

"The author does a fine job of capturing Abby's point of view, from adolescent angst to denial then anger at her mother'sand family'scondition and finally all-out rebellion. And she does it in an interesting way, which is with little punctuation not even quotation marks sometimes and lots of ands and you knows and eventually she or Abby have one long paragraph or stream of consciousness which would you know probably cause an adult reader or reviewer for that matter to come down with the kind of shakes you get when someone accidentally on purpose like scrapes her fingernail across a chalkboard kind of which a young adult reader would probably have little problem with you know what I mean. Even though the setting is decades past, the issuesfriendship, loyalty, helplessness, anger, fear, rebellion, shoplifting, suicide, teenage sex and pregnancy are contemporary . . . The book is a pretty good 'readamundo.'Judy Crowder, Children's Literature

"Abby, one of the most engaging young narrators since Elizabeth Berg's Katie in Durable Goods, tells her story with honesty, toughness, and a vulnerability that carries the reader along with a sense of suspense and deep emotional investment to its heartbreaking conclusion. In an impressive and rewarding writerly feat, Fischer manages to make Abby's story funny, entertaining, devastating, and redemptive, all at the same time."Stephanie Rosenfeld, Author of What About the Love Part?

"Fischer's novel is a spare, unflinching picture of a nuclear family's disintegration. At the same time, it's a nostalgic ride through the goofy, vulnerable years of early adolescence."Emily Jenkins, author of Mister Posterior and the Genius Child p0

"In prose both fresh and piercing, Fischer brings us so close to her narrator that we feel what it's like to be thirteen . . . and to be tormented by a potent mixture of love, anger, and guilt as you start to face the hard truths of the adult world. Abby's voice is unfaltering; its honesty and pure tone animate a story of immediate and affecting emotional power."Anitra Sheen, author of Things Unspoken

"A step into the bewildering world of adolescence . . . Profound, fresh, funny, it will make you laugh as it breaks your heart."Tom Spanbauer, author of In the City of Shy Hunters

"The voice and flow of this funny, sad, life-loving work are so note-perfect that taking in An Egg on Three Sticks feels less like reading a novel than hanging out with its unforgettable teenage protagonist as she lays it all out to you. A remarkable debut."Fred Pfeil, author of White Guys and What They Tell You to Forget

Review:

"You can't stop reading An Egg on Three Sticks once you start it. Three pages in, I was hooked." Billie Letts, author of Where the Heart Is

Review:

"An Egg on Three Sticks, Jackie Moyer Fischer's absorbing first novel, is as genuine as the voice at its center. Abby, one of the most engaging young narrators since Elizabeth Berg's Katie in Durable Goods, tells her story with honesty, toughness, and a vulnerability that carries the reader along with a sense of suspense and deep emotional investment to its heartbreaking conclusion. In an impressive and rewarding writerly feat, Fischer manages to make Abby's story funny, entertaining, devastating, and redemptive, all at the same time." Stephanie Rosenfeld, author of What About the Love Part?

Review:

"Fischer's novel is a spare, unflinching picture of a nuclear family's disintegration. At the same time, it's a nostalgic ride through the goofy, vulnerable years of early adolescence, when stolen hallway kisses, forbidden pulp novels, and super-short miniskirts are of monumental importance." Emily Jenkins, author of Mister Posterior and the Genius Child

Review:

"In prose both fresh and piercing, Fischer brings us so close to her narrator that we feel what it's like to be thirteen...and to be tormented by a potent mixture of love, anger, and guilt as you start to face the hard truths of the adult world. Abby's voice is unfaltering; its honesty and pure tone animates a story of immediate and affecting emotional power." Anitra Sheen, author of Things Unspoken

Review:

"The voice and flow of this funny, sad, life-loving work are so note-perfect that taking in An Egg on Three Sticks feels less like reading a novel than hanging out with its unforgettable teenage protagonist Abby Goodman as she lays it all out to you. Fischer's remarkable debut will keep you up at night whizzing through its pages, and will haunt and delight you long afterwards." Fred Pfeil, author of White Guys and What They Tell You to Forget

Review:

"With her poetic writing and honest voice, Fischer has captured a twelve-year-old's description of her mother's breakdown. I'm very much looking forward to Fischer's next book." Jasmine Paul, author of A Girl, in Parts

Synopsis:

In the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1970s, twelve-year-old Abby watches her mother fall apart and must take on the burden of holding her family together.

Synopsis:

A wonderfully gifted new storytelling talent delivers a moving novel of loss, grief, and survival. A funny, poignant, and extremely heartfelt novel, An Egg on Three Sticks follows twelve-year-old Abby and captures what it's like for her to watch her mother fall apart (and eventually, fall to pieces) and to take on the burden of holding her family together--all the while dealing with impending teenagehood, first love, and a father who doesn't quite understand her. Set in the early 1970s in a Bay Area suburb, Jackie Fischer's debut is an expertly told story full of rich period detail and fully drawn characters, with a unique voice that's spot-on. Snappy, honest, and real, Abby is a young new heroine for us to love.

Synopsis:

"You can't stop reading An Egg on Three Sticks once you start it. Three pages in, I was hooked." --Billie Letts, author of Where the Heart Is

"An Egg on Three Sticks, Jackie Moyer Fischer's absorbing first novel, is as genuine as the voice at its center. Abby, one of the most engaging young narrators since Elizabeth Berg's Katie in Durable Goods, tells her story with honesty, toughness, and a vulnerability that carries the reader along with a sense of suspense and deep emotional investment to its heartbreaking conclusion. In an impressive and rewarding writerly feat, Fischer manages to make Abby's story funny, entertaining, devastating, and redemptive, all at the same time."

--Stephanie Rosenfeld, author of What About the Love Part?

"Fischer's novel is a spare, unflinching picture of a nuclear family's disintegration. At the same time, it's a nostalgic ride through the goofy, vulnerable years of early adolescence, when stolen hallway kisses, forbidden pulp novels, and super-short miniskirts are of monumental importance." --Emily Jenkins, author of Mister Posterior and the Genius Child

"In prose both fresh and piercing, Fischer brings us so close to her narrator that we feel what it's like to be thirteen . . . and to be tormented by a potent mixture of love, anger, and guilt as you start to face the hard truths of the adult world. Abby's voice is unfaltering; its honesty and pure tone animates a story of immediate and affecting emotional power."

--Anitra Sheen, author of Things Unspoken

"An Egg on Three Sticks is a step into the bewildering world of adolescence. . . . Profound, fresh, funny, it will make you laugh as it breaks your heart."

--Tom Spanbauer, author of In the City of Shy Hunters

"The voice and flow of this funny, sad, life-loving work are so note-perfect that taking in An Egg on Three Sticks feels less like reading a novel than hanging out with its unforgettable teenage protagonist Abby Goodman as she lays it all out to you. Fischer's remarkable debut will keep you up at night whizzing through its pages, and will haunt and delight you long afterwards." --Fred Pfeil, author of White Guys and What They Tell You to Forget

"With her poetic writing and honest voice, Fischer has captured a twelve-year-old's description of her mother's breakdown. I'm very much looking forward to Fischer's next book." --Jasmine Paul, author of A Girl, in Parts

Synopsis:

Finally Abby is thirteen. A real teenager who only wants to pierce her ears, have a boyfriend, and run her own life. But when her mother suffers a nervous breakdown, Abby faces a life far different from what she hoped for. Set in the Bay Area in the '70s, An Egg on Three Sticks is Jackie Moyer Fischer's emotional, funny, and extraordinarily heartfelt novel about Abby's struggle to hold her family together, find love from a mother who has little to give, and simply try to be thirteen.

With a voice completely fresh and honest, Abby takes us on a journey that is often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, and overwhelmingly hopeful. But a journey no thirteen-year-old should have to take.

About the Author

Jackie Moyer Fischer grew up in Saratoga, California, and McMinnville, Oregon. She graduated from Oregon State University (English) and Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law (J.D). She now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and too many cats. She has made peace with the rain and now prefers it to sunshine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312317751
Author:
Fischer, Jackie M
Publisher:
Thomas Dunne Books
Author:
Fischer, Jackie Moyer
Author:
Fischer, Jackie
Subject:
General
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
FIC045000
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.9 in 0.781 lb
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 320 pages Thomas Dunne Books - English 9780312317751 Reviews:
"Review" by , "You can't stop reading An Egg on Three Sticks once you start it. Three pages in, I was hooked."
"Review" by , "An Egg on Three Sticks, Jackie Moyer Fischer's absorbing first novel, is as genuine as the voice at its center. Abby, one of the most engaging young narrators since Elizabeth Berg's Katie in Durable Goods, tells her story with honesty, toughness, and a vulnerability that carries the reader along with a sense of suspense and deep emotional investment to its heartbreaking conclusion. In an impressive and rewarding writerly feat, Fischer manages to make Abby's story funny, entertaining, devastating, and redemptive, all at the same time."
"Review" by , "Fischer's novel is a spare, unflinching picture of a nuclear family's disintegration. At the same time, it's a nostalgic ride through the goofy, vulnerable years of early adolescence, when stolen hallway kisses, forbidden pulp novels, and super-short miniskirts are of monumental importance."
"Review" by , "In prose both fresh and piercing, Fischer brings us so close to her narrator that we feel what it's like to be thirteen...and to be tormented by a potent mixture of love, anger, and guilt as you start to face the hard truths of the adult world. Abby's voice is unfaltering; its honesty and pure tone animates a story of immediate and affecting emotional power."
"Review" by , "The voice and flow of this funny, sad, life-loving work are so note-perfect that taking in An Egg on Three Sticks feels less like reading a novel than hanging out with its unforgettable teenage protagonist Abby Goodman as she lays it all out to you. Fischer's remarkable debut will keep you up at night whizzing through its pages, and will haunt and delight you long afterwards."
"Review" by , "With her poetic writing and honest voice, Fischer has captured a twelve-year-old's description of her mother's breakdown. I'm very much looking forward to Fischer's next book."
"Synopsis" by , In the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1970s, twelve-year-old Abby watches her mother fall apart and must take on the burden of holding her family together.
"Synopsis" by , A wonderfully gifted new storytelling talent delivers a moving novel of loss, grief, and survival. A funny, poignant, and extremely heartfelt novel, An Egg on Three Sticks follows twelve-year-old Abby and captures what it's like for her to watch her mother fall apart (and eventually, fall to pieces) and to take on the burden of holding her family together--all the while dealing with impending teenagehood, first love, and a father who doesn't quite understand her. Set in the early 1970s in a Bay Area suburb, Jackie Fischer's debut is an expertly told story full of rich period detail and fully drawn characters, with a unique voice that's spot-on. Snappy, honest, and real, Abby is a young new heroine for us to love.
"Synopsis" by ,
"You can't stop reading An Egg on Three Sticks once you start it. Three pages in, I was hooked." --Billie Letts, author of Where the Heart Is

"An Egg on Three Sticks, Jackie Moyer Fischer's absorbing first novel, is as genuine as the voice at its center. Abby, one of the most engaging young narrators since Elizabeth Berg's Katie in Durable Goods, tells her story with honesty, toughness, and a vulnerability that carries the reader along with a sense of suspense and deep emotional investment to its heartbreaking conclusion. In an impressive and rewarding writerly feat, Fischer manages to make Abby's story funny, entertaining, devastating, and redemptive, all at the same time."

--Stephanie Rosenfeld, author of What About the Love Part?

"Fischer's novel is a spare, unflinching picture of a nuclear family's disintegration. At the same time, it's a nostalgic ride through the goofy, vulnerable years of early adolescence, when stolen hallway kisses, forbidden pulp novels, and super-short miniskirts are of monumental importance." --Emily Jenkins, author of Mister Posterior and the Genius Child

"In prose both fresh and piercing, Fischer brings us so close to her narrator that we feel what it's like to be thirteen . . . and to be tormented by a potent mixture of love, anger, and guilt as you start to face the hard truths of the adult world. Abby's voice is unfaltering; its honesty and pure tone animates a story of immediate and affecting emotional power."

--Anitra Sheen, author of Things Unspoken

"An Egg on Three Sticks is a step into the bewildering world of adolescence. . . . Profound, fresh, funny, it will make you laugh as it breaks your heart."

--Tom Spanbauer, author of In the City of Shy Hunters

"The voice and flow of this funny, sad, life-loving work are so note-perfect that taking in An Egg on Three Sticks feels less like reading a novel than hanging out with its unforgettable teenage protagonist Abby Goodman as she lays it all out to you. Fischer's remarkable debut will keep you up at night whizzing through its pages, and will haunt and delight you long afterwards." --Fred Pfeil, author of White Guys and What They Tell You to Forget

"With her poetic writing and honest voice, Fischer has captured a twelve-year-old's description of her mother's breakdown. I'm very much looking forward to Fischer's next book." --Jasmine Paul, author of A Girl, in Parts

"Synopsis" by ,
Finally Abby is thirteen. A real teenager who only wants to pierce her ears, have a boyfriend, and run her own life. But when her mother suffers a nervous breakdown, Abby faces a life far different from what she hoped for. Set in the Bay Area in the '70s, An Egg on Three Sticks is Jackie Moyer Fischer's emotional, funny, and extraordinarily heartfelt novel about Abby's struggle to hold her family together, find love from a mother who has little to give, and simply try to be thirteen.

With a voice completely fresh and honest, Abby takes us on a journey that is often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, and overwhelmingly hopeful. But a journey no thirteen-year-old should have to take.

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