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Winner of the 1989 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel, this exquisite book confronts real-life issues of alienation and violence from which the author creates a stunning testament to the human capacity for mercy, compassion and love. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2002.
ISBN: 9780385721752
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Sep 21, 2014

Henry, the family's 17 year old computer nerd, reads his mother's email, and gradually realizes she's having an affair. He decides to watch how it's affecting the family. His father, Kevin, teaches at the private school Henry and his younger sister Elvira attend, and seems clueless. Elvira, a Civil War buff who dresses in uniform for more than weekend reenactments, concerns him. Mother Beth is a private music teacher, and performer. She meets her lover, a violin maker, at his cabin, where they practice music together, even taking her children there sometimes. How long, Henry wonders, can this farce last? Should he force the issue? On a family vacation to a Civil War "battle," a crisis over Elvira's "coming out" shows the family where their values really lie. An unusual coming of age story full of not just angst, but much gentle humor. Henry looks back on the family's story 10 years later.

hermlou Feb 23, 2010

Teenager Henry Shaw discovers his mother's email letters to a fellow musician, and he realizes they are having an affair. This depresses him, and he observes the members of his family carefully to see how they are affected. There are some family problems, but the people support each other and get through them together. I kept wondering where this book was heading, for it meandered a lot. I preferred Hamilton's book "A Map of the World".


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