Laura C. Stevenson Liar from Vermont

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Liar from Vermont

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Peggy is the third daughter in a Midwestern academic family that summers in Vermont. But in Peggy’s imagination, she lives on the hill farm across the way, with its rhythms of milking, haying, and working horses. Ten interlocking stories follow Peggy’s quest for belonging—to a family, to a time, to a place—as she witnesses the irrevocable change in a Vermont whose mountains are becoming ski areas and whose farms are giving way to villages of second homes. A poignant portrait of a girl who sees the truth she embellishes all too clearly, and who learns that no amount of skill can make her stories of the people she loves turn out the way she wants.

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Laura C. Stevenson is the award-winning author of four novels for young adults and one for adults, a book on Elizabethan literature and society, several articles on the golden age of children’s literature, and three essays on deafness. She was trained as an historian at the University of Michigan Honors College and Yale University, and she taught Writing and Humanities at Marlboro College from 1986 to 2013. She lives in her family’s old summer house in Vermont.

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Liar from Vermont is a coming of age story, but it is so much more than that. It is social commentary, depicting the class differences of Vermont farmers and the summer people who delude themselves about their democratic inclusiveness. It looks at male and female gender roles and at what women were (and are?) supposed to do to meet those expectations. It examines family secrets and the dynamic of families who have long conversations while saying nothing of what they feel. It is, as well, an ode to a time that is passing—or that has passed. Above all, it is a wonderful read—witty, insightful, beautifully written, and important. (American Book Review)

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