The Full Cleveland: A Novel

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The growing daughter of a father who is unable to ignore nagging doubts about their seemingly idyllic world accompanies him into inner-city Cleveland, compares her perceptions of success with the harsh realities of the everyday working poor, and considers the moral dichotomy of having material comforts in an unbalanced world. A first novel. 35,000 first printing.

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Terry Reed wrote the original screenplay for the independent film Cherry, released in 2000. A graduate of the Columbia University MFA Writing Program, she lives in New York City.

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In Reed's debut, narrator Boyce Parkman comforts herself with Einstein's famous adage: "Pure logical thinking cannot yield us any knowledge of the empirical world." This statement could well apply to this whole wry, good-natured but somewhat episodic and inscrutable 1970s coming-of-age tale. The first line sets the family scene and foretells its coming changes: "When we were rich, we had no real use for the Easter Bunny." Boyce and her family live in a very fine Shaker Heights house, purchased for a dollar from their grandfather, and hold weekly Catholic prayer meetings after their father, the lone Protestant, has left for work. Though the Parkmans have their typical dysfunctions (a frustrated, alcoholic father; a dogmatic, social-climbing mother), they also suffer from an undue share of deep thoughts and philosophical tics. Boyce spends much of the novel ruminating, reflecting, philosophizing and attempting to crack life's hard questions, like how to end world hunger. When, as a teenager, Boyce befriends Mary Parker, a "genius" and lowly bus driver's daughter, Mary subjects her to strange ideas, such as the notion that starvation, pipe tobacco and large doses of Nietzsche and Kant can lead to transformational beauty. Much of the novel is whimsically focused on the inexplicable and the obscure, making this a fanciful but scattered portrait of a family and its fading fortunes as seen through the eyes of its youthful daughter and critic.
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