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Children of Men

Schinto, Jeanne

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ISBN 10: 0892551569 / ISBN 13: 9780892551569
Published by Persea Books, 1991
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Very Good/Very Good (37175) Signed by Author Hardcover, very good condition, w. v. lightly slanted sp, v. ltly bumped corners. V. ltly warped fr brd. V. ltly tanned p. edges, sme v. lt soil. Dedication signed by author on title p. Cln, tight, unmarked. Dj very good, ltly rubbed--sme lt marks. 236. Bookseller Inventory # 37175

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Title: Children of Men

Publisher: Persea Books

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First ition edition

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Cathy Ashwell, mother of three, looks back on her own childhood, and the trials of raising a family alone

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Identity doesn't come easy to Cathy "Bird Legs" Ashwell, who grows up a poor white in the primarily black southeast section of Washington, D.C. At 16 she falls hard for a devil-may-care black youth, loses him in the midst of a scrape with the law, but bears his child, all the while reserving a worshipful nostalgia for him. She also falls into a liaison with a white laborer, whose attractively puckish veneer crumbles to reveal a deluded and perverted outcast by the time Cathy leaves him, five years and two additional children later. Cathy, chipper and sensible in spite of poverty, rape and a haunting sense of rootlessness, is an appealing narrator, whose idiom--in flux, like her character--combines black English with a rural Appalachian twang and can transmit character with boldness and brevity. Readers, however, may feel at a loss to square the thematic importance of her children with Schinto's ( Shadow Bands ) failure, in this promising first novel, to fill them out as characters. Cathy plucks her economic and emotional independence out of a violent denouement. While all too optimistic, this resolution, happily,leaves open the enticing possibility of a sequel.
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