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Quickening (Ballantine Reader's Circle)by Laura Catherine Brown
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“Get ready to meet a quirky and poignant heroine who will grab you from the first page and wont let you go. Love, grief, loss, confusion, the search for identity-its all here, and it all feels fresh and new. Laura Catherine Brown is a terrific new writer who shoots straight from the heart.”
Author of Slow Motion
All lives contain growth spurts-physical ones, most obviously, but emotional ones as well. Laura Catherine Browns powerful fiction debut focuses on just such a crucial time in the life of a determined young woman. For nineteen-year-old Mandy Boyle, moving away to college means a chance to sever ties with her impoverished blue-collar family and strike out on her own. But Mandy is soon transformed in ways she had never imagined. Her fathers sudden death sets in motion a wrenching chain of events that forces Mandy to grow up fast. The stage when a fetus first shows signs of life is known as the “quickening.” This is the story of Mandys adult quickening-an engrossing read about the search for identity, reckoning with the past, weathering unexpected twists of fate, and at last choosing a life of ones own. . . .
All lives contain growth spurts — physical ones, most obviously, but intellectual and emotional ones as well. Laura Catherine Brown's powerful first novel focuses on just such a moment in the life of a determined young woman. For nineteen-year-old Mandy Boyle, going away to college means a chance to sever ties with her blue-collar family, notably her controlling mother, and strike out on her own. But Mandy is soon transformed in ways she had never imagined. Her father's sudden death sets in motion a wrenching chain of events that forces Mandy to grow up fast, resulting in an unwanted pregnancy. The stage when a fetus first shows signs of having a life of its own is known as the "quickening." This is the story of Mandy's adult quickening — an engrossing read about real people making real choices...and dealing with the unexpected turns and surprises that come with growing up.
About the Author
Laura Catherine Brown has been awarded residency fellowships at the Ragdale Foundation, the Norcroft Writing Retreat, the Hambridge Center, and the Ucross Foundation. Quickening is her first novel. She lives in Manhattan.
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