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Travels in a Thin Country : Journey Through Chile - Sara Wheeler

Travels in a Thin Country

Journey Through Chile

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9780316909099
Number Of Pages: 304

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In the tradition of Jo Ann Beard's "Boys of My Youth," and Mary Karr's"The""Liar's Club," Paula McLain has written a powerful and haunting memoir about the years she and her two sisters spent as foster children. In the early 70s, after being abandoned by both parents, the girls were made wards of the Fresno County, California court and spent the next 14 years-in a series of adoptive homes. The dislocations, confusions, and odd pleasures of an unrooted life form the basis of a captivating memoir. McLain's beautiful writing and limber voice capture the intense loneliness, sadness, and determination of a young girl both on her own and responsible, with her siblings, for staying together as a family.

"LIKE FAMILY "isn't written to shock. McLain tells about horrors gently, edging toward them through the vivid and universal landscape of childhood, with its intense sensations its pleasures of taste, sight, and smell." "What makes LIKE FAMILY so remarkable are not the peculiar circumstances of Paula McLain's childhood but the depth of understanding that she brings to those circumstances, and the beautiful prose in which she renders that understanding. Seldom have I seen so vividly evoked the need to belong to some, any, kind of family and the painful negotiations that time brings to even our closest intimacies."--Library Journal"Margot Livesey, author of Eva Moves the Furniture" (01/01/2003)

ISBN: 9780316909099
ISBN-10: 0316909092
Series: 900290029
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 15.5  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 29