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FAMILY ATTRACTIONS.

Freeman, Judith.

ISBN 10: 067082108X / ISBN 13: 9780670821082
Published by VIKING., NY, 1988
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED by Judith Freeman on the title page. Near fine in a fine dj. (Hint of mild foxing at top & bottom edges) Author's FIRST book. Stories.; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 24905

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Title: FAMILY ATTRACTIONS.

Publisher: VIKING., NY

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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This collection of stories about the ties that bind families together includes the title story about a stepfamily's strained and awkward struggle to build an affectionate relationship with his stepdaughters

From Publishers Weekly:

Freeman's 11-story debut is an able chronicle of the ordinary, bittersweet routine of family life, but one wishes for more sparkle in her earthy, gentle prose. In the title story, a man marries a woman 25 years his junior and gradually assimilates into her family, but the specter of a hospitalized child forces a wedge between a young Mormon couple in "Going out to Sea." In "What Is This Movie?" a mother demonstrates solidarity with a somewhat estranged daughter by deflating the tires of a car belonging to the younger woman's unfaithful lover; and the Mexican gardener of "The Rake People" abducts the beloved pet of a married client who refuses his affections. A number of stories depict characters on the threshold of change: a UPS man delivers a package to a lonely widow on her birthday and stays for dinner in "The Joan Crawford Letter"; a woman who breaks off a relationship with a married man musters strength and resolve from her family in "Camp Rose"; a converted Mormon's recovery from a grave illness brings him closer to faith in the pagan magic of nature but spurs his wife to renounce the last vestiges of her Catholicism in "The Death of a Mormon Elder." (Mormons figure in several pieces but, with the exception of this story, the background details are, unfortunately, not developed.)
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