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A New York Times Bestseller

2007 Book Sense Selection

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Meredith Hall's moving but unsentimental memoir begins in 1965, when she becomes pregnant at sixteen. Shunned by her insular New Hampshire community, she is then kicked out of the house by her mother. Her father and stepmother reluctantly take her in, hiding her before they finally banish her altogether. After giving her baby up for adoption, Hall wanders recklessly through the Middle East, where she survives by selling her possessions and finally her blood. She returns to New England and stitches together a life that encircles her silenced and invisible grief. When he is twenty-one, her lost son finds her. Hall learns that he grew up in gritty poverty with an abusive father — in her own father's hometown. Their reunion is tender, turbulent, and ultimately redemptive. Hall's parents never ask for her forgiveness, yet as they age, she offers them her love. What sets Without a Map apart is the way in which loss and betrayal evolve into compassion, and compassion into wisdom.

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"Hall emerges as a brave writer of tumultuous beauty." Entertainment Weekly

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"First-time author Hall pens a haunting meditation on love, loss, and family... Hall colors outside the lines with this memoir, full of unexpected twists and turns." People (rated 4 out of 4 stars)

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"Hall's memoir is a sobering portrayal of how punitive her close-knit New Hampshire community was in 1965 when, at the age of 16, she became pregnant in the course of a casual summer romance... Hall offers a testament to the importance of understanding and even forgiving the people who, however unconscious or unkind, have made us who we are." O Magazine

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"Meredith Hall's long journey from an inexcusably betrayed girlhood to the bittersweet mercies of womanhood is a triple triumph of survival; of narration; and of forgiveness. Without a Map is a masterpiece." David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and God Laughs and Plays

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"Each chapter of Without a Map is polished and elegantly written...the structure is shapely and the book yields poignant insights." Washington Post

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"Beautifully rendered." Elle

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"In 1965, in a small New Hampshire town, sixteen-year-old Meredith Hall got pregnant and was consequently kicked out of her school, home, church, and community. Hall's mother sent her to another town to live with her father and stepmother, who confined her to the house. Days after giving birth (her baby was put up for adoption), she interviewed at a boarding school where she was forbidden to mention anything about her past. Hall's memoir, Without a Map, is a devastating story of what happens when a person is exiled from her own life." Body + Soul

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"A poignant, unflinchingly assured memoir...exquisite." Boston Globe

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"Meredith Hall's magnificent book held me in its thrall from the moment I began reading the opening pages...a fluid, beautifully written, hard-won piece of work that belongs on the shelf next to the best modern memoirs." Dani Shapiro, author of Black and White

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"An unusually elegant memoir that feels as though it's been carved straight out of Meredith Hall's capacious heart. The story is riveting, the words perfect." Lauren Slater, author of Welcome to My Country and Opening Skinner's Box

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"Without a Map is stunning....Book groups, take note." Booklist

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This New York Times bestselling memoir begins in 1965, when Hall becomes pregnant at 16 and is shunned by both her family and her community. What sets this work apart is the way in which loss and betrayal evolve into compassion, and compassion into wisdom.

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About the Author

At the age of forty-four, Meredith Hall graduated from Bowdoin College. She wrote her first essay, Killing Chickens, in 2002. Two years later, she won the $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation, which gave her the financial freedom to devote time to Without a Map, her first book. Her other honors include a Pushcart Prize and notable essay recognition in Best American Essays; she was also a finalist for the Rona Jaffe Award. Halls work has appeared in the New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, The Southern Review, Five Points, Prairie Schooner, and several anthologies. She teaches writing at the University of New Hampshire and lives in Maine.

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JD2009, November 2, 2011 (view all comments by JD2009)
Beautiful writing style, however, I left the book not liking the storyteller at all. This was a book club pick and we had our book club meeting tonight to discuss and the consensus of the other readers was similar to mine. I did learn a great deal about the extreme journey society has taken from 1967 to now in the ways a young girl is treated when she discovers an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. Ms. Hall was stricken from society and labeled an outcast, almost forever. She lost family connections that never recovered, and yet even though she went on to gain future connections that would seem more precious, she never truly seemed grateful for them. I found this very sad and very disturbing on several levels. I'm still on the fence as to whether to recommend this one to anyone else.
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swalsh, April 11, 2011 (view all comments by swalsh)
Without A Map by Meredith Hall. In this memoir, Hall recounts being shunned and abandoned by everyone who should have been there for her (family, church, friends) when she became pregnant at 16. She gave the child up for adoption, drifted, married, had another child, & then found her first son & his adopted family. The last third of the book, after she reconnects with her first son, has some of the most stunning writing ever. At 40, she was accepted at Bowdoin College, & subsequently won a $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award that allowed her to work on this memoir. Sensitive and honest writing about an amazing life journey.
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swalsh, April 11, 2011 (view all comments by swalsh)
Without A Map by Meredith Hall. In this memoir, Hall recounts being shunned and abandoned by everyone who should have been there for her (family, church, friends) when she became pregnant at 16. She gave the child up for adoption, drifted, married, had another child, & then found her first son & his adopted family. The last third of the book, after she reconnects with her first son, has some of the most stunning writing ever. At 40, she was accepted at Bowdoin College, & subsequently won a $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award that allowed her to work on this memoir. Sensitive and honest writing about an amazing life journey.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780807072745
Author:
Hall, Meredith
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Teenage pregnancy
Subject:
Authors, American - 21st century
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.52 x .7 in .75 lb

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Product details 256 pages Beacon Press - English 9780807072745 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Hall emerges as a brave writer of tumultuous beauty."
"Review" by , "First-time author Hall pens a haunting meditation on love, loss, and family... Hall colors outside the lines with this memoir, full of unexpected twists and turns." (rated 4 out of 4 stars)
"Review" by , "Hall's memoir is a sobering portrayal of how punitive her close-knit New Hampshire community was in 1965 when, at the age of 16, she became pregnant in the course of a casual summer romance... Hall offers a testament to the importance of understanding and even forgiving the people who, however unconscious or unkind, have made us who we are."
"Review" by , "Meredith Hall's long journey from an inexcusably betrayed girlhood to the bittersweet mercies of womanhood is a triple triumph of survival; of narration; and of forgiveness. Without a Map is a masterpiece."
"Review" by , "Each chapter of Without a Map is polished and elegantly written...the structure is shapely and the book yields poignant insights."
"Review" by , "Beautifully rendered."
"Review" by , "In 1965, in a small New Hampshire town, sixteen-year-old Meredith Hall got pregnant and was consequently kicked out of her school, home, church, and community. Hall's mother sent her to another town to live with her father and stepmother, who confined her to the house. Days after giving birth (her baby was put up for adoption), she interviewed at a boarding school where she was forbidden to mention anything about her past. Hall's memoir, Without a Map, is a devastating story of what happens when a person is exiled from her own life."
"Review" by , "A poignant, unflinchingly assured memoir...exquisite."
"Review" by , "Meredith Hall's magnificent book held me in its thrall from the moment I began reading the opening pages...a fluid, beautifully written, hard-won piece of work that belongs on the shelf next to the best modern memoirs."
"Review" by , "An unusually elegant memoir that feels as though it's been carved straight out of Meredith Hall's capacious heart. The story is riveting, the words perfect."
"Review" by , "Without a Map is stunning....Book groups, take note."
"Synopsis" by , This New York Times bestselling memoir begins in 1965, when Hall becomes pregnant at 16 and is shunned by both her family and her community. What sets this work apart is the way in which loss and betrayal evolve into compassion, and compassion into wisdom.
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