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Throughout her childhood, Marion Farrant heard exotic stories of the sophisticated life her mother, Nancy, led aboard cruise ships and in Australia. Nancy’s world of furs, jewels, cigarette holders, and handsome men seemed miles away from the west-coast hamlet of Cordova Bay, where Marion lived with her aunt and uncle, running wild on the beach with her friends and enjoying weekend visits with her devoted father. But things changed the year she entered her teens. First, a package from Nancy arrived in the mail a gift of sexy lingerie. Next, Nancy threw everyone into a tizzy with the surprise announcement that she was coming for a visit.
In this memoir of her fourteenth summer, Marion Farrant captures a lost time and place with hilarity and affection. The setting is Vancouver Island, the year 1960. It is the heyday of the nuclear family; the time of the Three Stooges, the Red Menace, and Whipper Billy Watson; the apex of plastic, arborite, and everything turquoise: high heels, pedal pushers, refrigerators, cars, and even, at Easter, the fur of live rabbits. Witty, tender, and wry, My Turquoise Years is a book for anyone who remembers being a teenager.
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M.A.C. Farrant was born in Sydney, Australia, and raised in Cordova Bay on Vancouver Island. She attended Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria. She is a former social worker and tap dancer and the author of 7 critically acclaimed books. Her work has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the VanCity Book Prize, and her stories have been adapted for both radio and television.Review:
Praise for Whats True Darling. "Farrant's unconventional short stories resemble quick riffs of contained madnes ... This collection has delightful mythm and spin."
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Book Description Greystone Books, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2004. Trade Paperback. Condition: New. In new, unread condition. Seller Inventory # 008873
Book Description Greystone Books, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1553650379
Book Description Greystone Books, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111553650379