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Not the End of the World

Stowe, Rebecca

ISBN 10: 0679409459 / ISBN 13: 9780679409458
Published by Pantheon, 1992
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Title: Not the End of the World

Publisher: Pantheon

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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“The tomboy narrator of this funny, sad, ultimately disturbing novel is wise and compassionate beyond her years, like Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. And she’s as cynical as The Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caulfield. But Maggie is very much her own person―all six of them.” ―Carol Peace, People

Being the daughter of the owner of a successful candy factory and living in a house with its own beach, Maggie should be living a sweet life. But after an explosive incident at school with her teacher, this spirited, funny, and troubled adolescent is just trying to make it through a long summer at home―while feeling a long hidden secret make its way to the surface.

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An angry young girl struggles to grow up in `60s suburbia--in this flawed but still intriguing tragicomic debut, first published in England, by a New York writer. Maggie Pittsfield, 12, is by all accounts a lucky young girl. Daughter of amiable candymaker Robert ``Sweet is My Middle Name'' Pittsfield, Maggie lives with her family in beautiful Port Huron, Michigan, where the shore of the great lake lies in her own backyard, she has her own room and her own dog, and her beautiful, self-abnegating mother is at her beck and call. Nevertheless, Maggie is a difficult child--as her exceedingly critical grandmother is fond of pointing out--who, when she's not threatening to desert her neurotic younger sister, is playing serious games of doctor with a girlfriend in the nearby woods. While her parents argue ineffectually over whether something is terribly wrong with the girl, Maggie struggles through a deadly boring session of summer school imposed as punishment for her scandalous conduct the previous semester. What the scandal involved is the central mystery in this tale of secrets denied and horror suppressed. Maggie herself is too busy trying to control the separate personalities that she imagines are fighting for dominance within her (Katrina, the adopted child; Trixie, the mischievous girl; Sarah, the good daughter; Peggy, the terrified infant, and so on) and evading her school counselor's probing questions to take the lid off the searing truth that all this activity is meant to hide. That Maggie's secret has to do with half-forgotten sexual abuse comes as no surprise--beneath its hard-edged frenzy, this story reads like a textbook case. Nevertheless, the author's uncompromising, forceful style keeps the pages turning. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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