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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
"Elaborate and playful...Honest and deeply felt....Here is the Quindlen wit, the sharp eye for the details of class and manners, [and] the ardent reading of domestic lives."
-THE NEW YORK TIMES
It is the 1960s, in suburban New York City. Maggie and her family, are in the thrall of her powerful grandfather Jack Scanlan. In the summer of her twelfth year, Maggie is despertately trying to master the object lessons her grandfather fills her head with. But there is too much going on to concentrate. Everything at home is in upheaval, her grandfather is changing, and Maggie is unsure if what she wants is worth having....
From the Trade Paperback edition.
I have been a fan of Anna Quindlen's writing for years, but had never read this first novel. Her talent has only improved from this, a remarkable beginning. Poignant, believable, superbly crafted, difficult to put down. Real, relatable, leaving me hungry for more. One of the great novelists of our time.
- Category: Literary
- Published: Apr 09, 1991
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Random House, LLC
- Print Length: 288 Pages
- Language: English