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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Raised a Christian Scientist, Charlotte McGuffey has always been taught to solve her problems by denying their existence. But now, suffering from crippling insomnia, living with a husband she no longer cares for, and bewildered by a three-year-old son who still won't talk, Charlotte is starting to wonder whether this strategy is working. When her husband is killed in a sudden accident, she packs her two young boys in the family car and takes off for Beede, Vermont — the town where her husband grew up and died. Here in Vermont, away from the watchful eyes of her older sisters, Charlotte begins to search for answers, making new discoveries about her family's past, her late husband's death, and the possibility of new love. Filled with gentle wit and uncommon generosity, Learning to Drive is a funny, poignant lesson in self-discovery.

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"Mesmerizing prose and darkly complex characters draw the reader deep into Charlotte's world....Readers who crave a slice of insight with their fiction will find this a thoughtful, provocative book." Publishers Weekly

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"Christian Scientists, quirky townies, and a woman painfully locked inside herself are the fodder for Mary Hays' debut novel." Booklist

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"[A] quietly affecting debut novel." Glamour

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"This remarkable novel compassionately looks at humans and their foibles as they strive for 'the right way.'...Hilarious...Hays writes with authority and authenticity." Vermont Life

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"I savored every moment I spent with this wise and moving and inspired novel." Chris Bohjalian, author of Midwives

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"Mary Hays has written a brilliant, original, funny novel. What a treat! It is totally satisfying and its characters unforgettable. I loved it." Judy Blume

About the Author

Mary Hays was educated at Bennington College and the University of Chicago, where she received her M.A. in humanities. She has written short stories and plays and, until recently, taught third and fourth graders at a rural elementary school. She lives in Corinth, Vermont, with her husband, Stephen Long. Learning to Drive is her first novel.

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ISBN:
9781400031900
Author:
Hays, Mary
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Literary
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Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.04x5.24x.70 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Anchor Books/Doubleday - English 9781400031900 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Mesmerizing prose and darkly complex characters draw the reader deep into Charlotte's world....Readers who crave a slice of insight with their fiction will find this a thoughtful, provocative book."
"Review" by , "Christian Scientists, quirky townies, and a woman painfully locked inside herself are the fodder for Mary Hays' debut novel."
"Review" by , "[A] quietly affecting debut novel."
"Review" by , "This remarkable novel compassionately looks at humans and their foibles as they strive for 'the right way.'...Hilarious...Hays writes with authority and authenticity."
"Review" by , "I savored every moment I spent with this wise and moving and inspired novel."
"Review" by , "Mary Hays has written a brilliant, original, funny novel. What a treat! It is totally satisfying and its characters unforgettable. I loved it."
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