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Evening News

Swick, Marly A.

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ISBN 10: 0316825336 / ISBN 13: 9780316825337
Published by Little Brown & Co, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1999
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Nine year-old Teddy is playing next door with his best friend when Eric pulls out his father's handgun and hands it to Teddy. The telephone rings; the gun goes off, shooting -- and killing -- Teddy's two-year-old half sister Trina, who was playing in a wading pool in the yard outside, with Giselle, their mother, by her side. Thus begins Marly Swick's second novel after the highly acclaimed "Paper Wings." As with her previous work, Swick resolutely travels the domestic landscape, detailing delicately and truthfully the effect of Trina's death on the unstable triangle of the family left behind. Each member finds their bonds of love and loyalty tested, and each is resilient in the face of their loss, but for different -- perhaps too different -- reasons: Giselle must get Teddy through the crisis, but Dan, his stepfather, having just lost his daughter, has no such responsibility. Bookseller Inventory # 003486

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Title: Evening News

Publisher: Little Brown & Co, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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After nine-year-old Teddy accidentally shoots his two-year-old half-sister while playing with a gun, Teddy's stepfather finds himself unable to forgive him and even Teddy's mother begins to wonder why she cannot love her son unconditionally. 100,000 first printing.


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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