The lives of a precocious 17 year old girl who wants to save the world and a middle aged counselor at her Manhattan academy come together.
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Valerie Hurley won the Indiana Review Fiction prize, and has published stories in The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, The North American Review, and New Letters, among others. Two of her essays have appeared in The Best American Essays anthologies.From Booklist:
Raine, a wildly eccentric 18-year-old, is making her second try for senior year at St. Ursula's school on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Her guidance counselor is Al, who lives next door to Raine's wealthy, intellectual family and has seen Raine playing the bagpipes in her garden or befriending homeless people. Obsessed with "humanity's cruel streak," Raine prefers to organize antinuclear protests and to keep scrapbooks on the Holocaust rather than study, upsetting her high-achieving parents. But her idealistic, "crazy, jangling" conversation is filled with truths that soothe Al, whose marriage is disintegrating, and he finds himself unwillingly pulled toward his student. Mixing sharp dialogue, lyrical narration, and Raine's yearning, intelligent diary entries, first-novelist Hurley explores her characters' complicated, intersecting lives with an affection that's contagious, even as she asks deeper questions about how to live bravely and survive betrayals, both global and personal. Readers won't easily forget Raine, who, despite her apocalyptic fears and flights of fancy, recognizes the world's "astonishing things." Gillian Engberg
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Book Description Macadam Cage Pub, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1931561559
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