Amnesty

Blum, Louise A.

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Synopsis: When her father dies, Maura Jaegar emerges from seclusion in rural Pennsylvania and returns to her small hometown, where she must come to terms with her brother's death in Vietnam, her troubled childhood, and her mother's disapproval of her homosexuality. IP.

From Library Journal: These two first novels illustrate how tricky and delicate it is to go home again out of family obligation and concern and to hang onto your self-respect once you get there?especially when you've been estranged from your parents for a long while not for what you've done but for who you are. This is exactly the situation that Dixie faces in Getting to the Point. Dixie's grandmother is dying, so she goes home to help care for her over the summer. But her father, Ed, an insecure, self-righteous bigot, has never forgiven Dixie for ending her marriage and living as a lesbian. As a result, he alternates between hostility and coldness during Dixie's visit. In this climate, no healing or reconciliation will ever take place. But Dixie begins to speak up for herself, supported by her mother, her grandmother, and her lover, Sarah. Unfortunately, though Stores is good at creating tension between characters through dialog and plot line, her writing isn't very polished, and her characters are often stereotypes or caricatures. Still, the issues she raises about healing old wounds are important. In Amnesty, Maura goes home to bury her father. Like Dixie, she is ambivalent about returning since her parents threw her out of the house 13 years earlier for having had a relationship with a high school girlfriend. Shifting back and forth from the late 1960s up to the late 1980s, this book describes Maura's brother's exile to Canada to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War as well as her own exile several years later. In both cases, her father, a lonely, bitter man who has retreated into alcohol, disapproved of and rejected his children. Maura can't reconcile with him now, but she may be able to make peace with her mother and brothers. Or can she? Blum's writing is polished and strong. She makes the sadness and emptiness of her characters so real that readers are pulled right into the story as it unfolds. This is the first novel for both writers, although Blum has been published before in three anthologies. Recommended for general readers.?Lisa Nussbaum, Euclid P.L., Ohio
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Title: Amnesty
Publisher: Alyson Books
Publication Date: 1995
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