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The House Tibet

Savage, Georgia

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ISBN 10: 0140168133 / ISBN 13: 9780140168136
Published by Penguin Books, E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1992
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0140168133 Smooth spine with glossy lightly worn covers; pages clean and unmarked. Bookseller's Inventory FICS16. Bookseller Inventory # FICS16

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Title: The House Tibet

Publisher: Penguin Books, E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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"While it was happening I watched the moon." So begins the disturbing story of a young girl, Vicky, who is raped by her father and rejected by those around her. Fleeing her shattered world, Vicky leads her autistic brother James on a series of wild misadventures before finding peace with a compassionate old man in the wondrous House Tibet.


The tough, naive voice of thirteen-year-old Morgan, the narrator of The House Tibet, calls for the reader to feel personally responsible for this character's survival from the very first sentence. The story begins with incest: "While it was happening I watched the moon. It was a piece of sky behind his shoulder." Afterwards, Morgan seeks support from her family and is repeatedly rebuffed with a bluntness that is almost as horrifying as the rape itself. When she and her mute younger brother run away and join a band of vagabond kids, her story becomes increasingly surreal as Morgan learns that survival depends upon a combination of ruthless detachment and fierce loyalty. Though Georgia Savage ties up all the loose ends a bit too neatly in the end and occasionally resorts to convenient explanatory dialogue along the way, even her cliches have twists to them. The sharp, ironic turns of thought and plot make this novel and its narrator unforgettable. At one point Morgan herself comments upon the process of telling this story: "I was going to write it as if I had everyone I knew sitting in a circle listening while I told them. I'll put in everything I thought. So they start to understand what it's like being a girl at war ... practically every MINUTE of your life." -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Kirsten Backstrom

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