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Anywhere But Here

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Publisher Comments:

Anywhere But Here is a moving, often comic portrait of wise child Ann August and her mother, Adele, a larger-than-life American dreamer. As they travel through the landscape of their often conflicting ambitions, Ann and Adele bring to life a novel that is a brilliant exploration of the perennial urge to keep moving, even at the risk of profound disorientation. Simpson's first novel is ultimately a heart-rendering tale of a mother and daughter's invaluable relationship.

"The two women in this book are American originals. Ann is a new Huck Finn, a tough, funny, resourceful love of a girl. Adele is like no one I've encountered, at once deplorable and admirable--and altogether believable."

--Walker Percy

"Anywhere But Here is a wonder: big, complex, masterfully written, it's an achievement that lands [Simpson] in the front ranks of our best novelists."

--Newsweek

Review:

"This first novel is an intimate exposure of a mother-daughter relationship. It is a reminiscence, though from exactly when or where Ann's voice comes is unclear. She is unflinching as she reports the pursual of men and money by Adele, her mother. The delineation of daily existence lends verisimilitude to these characters; still, the unrelenting desperation, humiliation, and trampled hope may prove hard to bear— even tedious—for some readers. The author chose to limit physical perception of place (Bay City, Wisconsin, and Beverly Hills, California) which might have offered relief. Ann's voice and tone are consistent and done masterfully; when the story occasionally slips into other voices, it is distracting. Ultimately, Ann reports her childhood as fairly as she is able. While she finds little to admire in these years, as an adult she transcends Adele: she is an autonomous creature with her own morals and opinions—a message of hope, perhaps, for all those dominated by strong-willed parents." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679737384
Author:
Simpson, Mona
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Movie-TV Tie-In
Subject:
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Subject:
Movie-TV Tie-In - General
Subject:
Media Tie-In - General
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Women -- California -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Film and Television-Novelization
Subject:
fiction;novel;california;coming of age;mothers and daughters;wisconsin;contemporary fiction;movie;los angeles;american literature;women;hollywood
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
19920115
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.01 x 5.17 x .8 in .9 lb

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