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Normal People Don't Live Like This


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ISBN13: 9780892553549
ISBN10: 0892553545
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danielcasey, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by danielcasey)
through a series of vignettes a serious and intimate relation between mothers, daughters, friends & what could be called 'friemies' is revealed that is clever & emotionally real while not being sentimental
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Cheryl Klein, November 2, 2009 (view all comments by Cheryl Klein)
I tore through this book in the same manner I devoured Prep--something about my apparent hunger to see an angsty female adolescence given literary weight. Landis shines her considerable literary light on moments and images: for example, the care her bisexual protagonist devotes to touching a pregnant friend's wrist rather than her stomach. It's a book of rooms (the mother character is a designer, so this is both literal and figurative); there's sturdy architecture here, but it's often masked by a beautiful set of curtains. Very occasionally I wanted some of those offstage plot points to get bigger play (what? Leah's dad died? when did that happen?), but mostly I was happy to revel in the details.
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Landis, Dylan
Persea Books
General Fiction
Coming of age
Contemporary Women
New york (n.y.)
Teenage girls
Literature-Coming of Age
Publication Date:
August 2009
Grade Level:
8.16x5.42x.51 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
Literature-Coming of Age

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Product details 192 pages Persea Books - English 9780892553549 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Wonderful! Leah and Helen are authentic, vulnerable characters, whose intimate truths are exposed at perfect, unexpected moments."--Elizabeth Strout
"Synopsis" by , The stories are about the hidden lives of a teenager and her mother, and how they struggle to negotiate old emotional damages and open themselves to love. The girl, Leah, yearns for belonging and worships the most delinquent girls at school, while her mother, Helen, secretly rents a welfare hotel room that she obsessively decorates. The stories- quirky and darkly humorous- are told from different perspectives. In the end they all serve at least in part to illuminate who Leah is and who she may become, but they're also about the sometimes disturbing, sometimes transformative lives of the girls and women she knows.
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