EVENING NEWS.

Swick, Marly.

ISBN 10: 0316825336 / ISBN 13: 9780316825337
Published by Boston: Little Brown, 1999. dj
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Her second novel, one which explores the strains a terrible accident puts on a family - when one child shoots another. Robert Olen Butler called this 'a novel of rare power and profound importance.' SIGNED on the title page. 356 pp. Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.). Bookseller Inventory # 60899

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Title: EVENING NEWS.

Publisher: Boston: Little Brown, 1999. dj

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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It must seem odd to him how you got punished for the minor infractions. A "time out" for talking back. No Popsicle for coming home late. But for the major crimes, there was no punishment. How much "time out" for shooting your little sister? Giselle thought she finally had it all together. She'd escaped from the Midwest to temperate southern California with her young son, Teddy. She'd married Dan Trias, the impassioned professor of her Thursday evening composition class at Cal Tech. Dan seemed the perfect man for her: handsome literate, articulate. They had a baby - Trina - who bound the four of them together. They had become a family, inviolable. Or so she'd thought. When Trina and Teddy are involved in a terrible accident, fault lines immediately appear, revealing them as a family divided. Dan's ability to communicate collapses in the face of the crisis, and Giselle finds herself pulled between her grieving husband and her shocked son. And as she struggles to piece her family back together, Giselle has to teach herself the hardest lesson a mother can learn: how to forgive your child the unforgivable.

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In Evening News, Marly Swick's affecting second novel, 9-year-old Teddy accidentally kills his baby half-sister, Trina, with their next-door neighbor's gun. Until the accident, the family had been happily living in sunny Southern California, Trina's father, Dan, teaching at a college, their mother, Giselle, back in school finishing up her B.A., Teddy adoring Trina. But her death ruins everything. Giselle wants what is left of the family to cling together, but Dan can't rise above blaming his stepson for his daughter's death, and Teddy can't help but feel that blame. Dan turns to support groups and self-help books for solace; Giselle takes to self-medicating with wine, beer and gin. Then Teddy's real father, who lives in Nebraska, sends for him. Luckily, Giselle is forced to follow.

Evening News captures both the ordinary and the extraordinary nature of sorrow. At one point, Giselle comes upon Trina's pink pacifier.

This element of ambush was the thing that she found hardest thing to take. Day after day you accustomed yourself to the dull, lulling ache of loss. But nothing could accustom you to the sneak attacks, the sudden brutal trip-wire--a pacifier, the knitted bootie stuck between sofa cushions--that set off a fresh explosion of grief.
--Katherine Alberg

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