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Asta in the Wings


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ISBN13: 9780980243611
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ccqdesigns, September 12, 2010 (view all comments by ccqdesigns)
This is an amazing little book. I finished it in one sitting because once I got past the first 10 pages, I just couldn't put it down. Even though it deals with a sad and horrible subject of child abuse, It does it in a way that will bring smiles and laughter to your face. The strength and spirit that Asta has will give you a renewed believe in the spirit of survival.
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Denise Barnett, July 12, 2009 (view all comments by Denise Barnett)
A different kind of story told from the eyes of smart, funny, and heartbreaking little Asta. I felt her in my heart. Great book!
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Erica Horne, April 7, 2009 (view all comments by Erica Horne)
Once I got involved, I couldn't put this book down. The author's imagination was so keen it was difficult to believe that this was not autobiographical. I have already recommended it to several friends.
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Watson, Jan Elizabeth
Tin House Books
Brothers and sisters
Mothers and daughters
Domestic fiction
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Product details 336 pages Tin House Books - English 9780980243611 Reviews:
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In Watson's captivating debut novel, the Hewitt family lives an isolated life in rural Maine. But when circumstances force them into society, they must reconcile their home life with the outside world, learning that isolation has many forms. A heartbreaking novel of otherness and normality.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With this, her excellent debut novel, Watson makes quick work of a setup that could prove challenging for even seasoned authors. Seven-year-old Asta grows up in rural Maine in the late 1970s, where she and her sickly nine-year-old brother, Orion, are kept locked in their house by their crazy mother, who fills their heads with tales of the plague-ravaged wasteland waiting outside their door. Equipped with little beyond what their mother provides, the children are wildly creative, surprisingly intelligent and share a deep bond with each other. But when their mother disappears and the two venture outside, they face the real world and real people for the first time. As Asta processes what's going on and is separated from her brother, she's reluctant to recognize what was wrong with her previous life. Asta's narration is full of the wonderment and matter-of-factness of youth, and her eye-opening trip into reality is flawlessly executed by Watson." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "'I feared a day when mother might forget to lock us in properly,' says seven-year-old Asta, narrator of Jan Elizabeth Watson's compact and captivating novel Asta in the Wings. It's the morning of "the last day, the day before everything changed," and her mother, Loretta, has just left for work, locking her children — Asta and nine-year-old Orion — into the house to protect them 'from the inscrutable outside world.'" (read the entire review)
"Review" by , "Like Alice after tumbling down the rabbit hole, Asta takes us on a journey through a confounding world filled with remarkable characters. A compassionate tale mixed with hope and sorrow, Asta In the Wings evokes both the tenderness and the danger of one child's struggle to find a place for herself in a world she is only beginning to understand. It's a gem of a book."
"Review" by , "In Asta in The Wings Jan Elizabeth Watson has created one of the most appealing fictional heroines I've encountered in a long time. Asta is brave, resourceful, intelligent, and loyal. She also happens to be seven years old, which means she's at the mercy of the unreliable adults who rule her world. The result is a vivid and suspenseful narrative where, over and over again, Asta shows us the world from her own very particular angle. A highly original debut."
"Review" by , "Jan Elizabeth Watson's debut, Asta in the Wings, follows two mavens of make-believe — seven-year-old Asta and her nine-year-old brother, Orion — as they reckon with the brutal realities of the adult world in the wilds of rural Maine."
"Review" by , "The mysteries and ambiguities that Watson creates, raising questions and not trying to answer them, is what powers the novel."
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