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Publisher Comments:

The halcyon days of Los Angeles in the '50s are the seductive setting for this mesmerizing first novel. After her mothers death, four-year-old Jorie grows up with her two slightly older brothers and mostly absent physician father. As narrated with sardonic wit by an adult Jorie, the brothers become increasingly wild, while young Jorie becomes the central force holding the unorthodox household together. Although she treasures the little family time they share-walks in the golden Hollywood hills and dining with Errol Flynn-she gradually discovers that her father has a secret life with very threatening entanglements. As her father self-destructs, the strange-but-stable world she knows begins to unravel, and she enters into taboo sexual relationships that further undermine the family. An intense, vivid novel, Things Unspoken brings humor and insight to the tale of an unforgettable family. Anitra Sheen is an extraordinary new talent.

Synopsis:

"For young Jorie, Los Angeles in the 1950s is a quiet place of hot sun and deep green grass. But from the time she is four, it is also a place where she and her brothers are left mostly on their own, without rules or adult order. Their mother has died and their enigmatic father, a physician starting a practice, is rarely around."--BOOK JACKET. "Jorie is the central force holding this insular household together, more comfortable being at home than joining in the games and parties of other children. She feels possessive of her father, but also becomes increasingly aware that he has a secret life, part of a more threatening world that is beginning to intrude. Earrings, a scented scarf, a lipstick are signs of her father's constant philandering, and gruff nighttime voices and cigar smoke downstairs signal the arrival of gangsters who have become his friends. Then Jorie begins a secret life of her own."--BOOK JACKET.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811823555
Author:
Sheen, Anitra Peebles
Author:
Sheen, Anita
Author:
Chronicle Books
Publisher:
Chronicle Books
Location:
San Francisco :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Parent and child
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Physicians
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Single-parent families
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Publication Date:
May 1999
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.38x5.95x1.19 in. 1.02 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Chronicle Books - English 9780811823555 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "For young Jorie, Los Angeles in the 1950s is a quiet place of hot sun and deep green grass. But from the time she is four, it is also a place where she and her brothers are left mostly on their own, without rules or adult order. Their mother has died and their enigmatic father, a physician starting a practice, is rarely around."--BOOK JACKET. "Jorie is the central force holding this insular household together, more comfortable being at home than joining in the games and parties of other children. She feels possessive of her father, but also becomes increasingly aware that he has a secret life, part of a more threatening world that is beginning to intrude. Earrings, a scented scarf, a lipstick are signs of her father's constant philandering, and gruff nighttime voices and cigar smoke downstairs signal the arrival of gangsters who have become his friends. Then Jorie begins a secret life of her own."--BOOK JACKET.
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