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The moving story of a father who dies young and the family he leaves behind.

Even in a small town people have secrets, including how much they really mean to each other. In Alison McGhee's haunting debut, a tragic event sparks revelations from nine-year-old Mallie, her mother, her grandfather, a waitress, and Mallie's father's ex-lover. They discover long-hidden truths and forge new bonds in this unforgettable, heartbreaking novel about parents, children, and love.

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"McGhee is a wonderful observer of mourning. Her characters cling to the tangible remains of Starr's life with a credible, poignant urgency that redeems the novel from its frustrating contrivances." Publishers Weekly

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"A haunting and artistic tale...carefully detailed and fully rendered." Minnesota Monthly

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"[A] literary richness well above any syrupy melodrama." Booklovers

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The moving story of a father who dies young and the family he leaves behind

Even in a small town people have secrets, including how much they really mean to each other. In Alison McGhees haunting debut, a tragic event sparks revelations from nine-year-old Mallie, her mother, her grandfather, a waitress, and Mallies fathers ex-lover. They discover long-hidden truths and forge new bonds in this unforgettable, heartbreaking novel about parents, children, and love.

About the Author

Alison McGhee is the author of Shadow Baby. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is the recipient of a Loft-McKnight Fellowship, a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, a 1995 Editors Fiction Prize from Snake Nation, and a Pushcart Prize honorable mention.

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ISBN:
9780312277031
Author:
McGhee, Alison
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Fathers
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Grief in children.
Subject:
Bildungsromans
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Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
66
Publication Date:
20011103
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.554 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "McGhee is a wonderful observer of mourning. Her characters cling to the tangible remains of Starr's life with a credible, poignant urgency that redeems the novel from its frustrating contrivances." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "A haunting and artistic tale...carefully detailed and fully rendered."
"Review" by , "[A] literary richness well above any syrupy melodrama."
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The moving story of a father who dies young and the family he leaves behind

Even in a small town people have secrets, including how much they really mean to each other. In Alison McGhees haunting debut, a tragic event sparks revelations from nine-year-old Mallie, her mother, her grandfather, a waitress, and Mallies fathers ex-lover. They discover long-hidden truths and forge new bonds in this unforgettable, heartbreaking novel about parents, children, and love.

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