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My Old Sweetheart

Susanna Moore

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ISBN 10: 0395325161 / ISBN 13: 9780395325162
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Boston, 1982
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Title: My Old Sweetheart

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Boston

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Lily, a young woman of Hawaii completely dependent on her eccentric mother, a drug addict supplied by her physician husband, embarks on a search for the truth of her childhood and the meaning of her life

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"Susanna Moore's novel astonished me--one of those brilliant objects that come along only rarely, all light on clear water, and then one realizes the faster currents underneath, the terrible swiftness of sex and time. "
--Joan Didion

In this mesmerizing novel, Susanna Moore displays a naturalist's eye for the landscape of her native Hawaii and an uncanny sensitivity to the despairing love between mothers and daughters. Lily Shields grows up amid the fragrance of night-jasmine and burning sugar cane, and the heady atmosphere of her mother's madness. For if Anna Shields is an island unto herself--fragile, glamorous, and fearfully needy--Lily is the bridge that connects her to reality.

But now Lily is a young woman and a mother herself, self-exiled from Hawaii but still attached to Anna's tragedy. And as she tries to untangle those threads of love and loyalty, Moore gives us a novel of shimmering beauty and sadness. My Old Sweetheart is a small classic, perfectly formed and mysteriously wise.

"Susanna Moore is a gifted and compelling novelist . . .  in possession of her own unique voice."
--The New York Times Book Review

"I can't recall another novel like this about mothers and daughters. . . . Lily's mysterious, half-told tale delighted and touched me."
--Susan Lydon, Village Voice

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