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Original Sins

Lisa Alther

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Title: Original Sins

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They call themselves 'The Five' - Sally and Emily Prince, Jed and Raymond Tatro, and Donny. They spend their Tennessee childhoods trading dreams in the branches of the Castle Tree. The girls dream of elegant penthouses in Manhattan and Total Womanhood. The boys dream of heroic feats and keeping the world safe for democracy. They are certain that they are all destined for greatness. But what actually happens to them through twenty years of growing up is just about everything they had and had not dreamed the sexiest, most searingly honest novel ever to glue you to every page, reading and remembering-

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In this, her first novel since KINFLICKS, Lisa Alther gives us a story -- hilarious, serious, and moving -- of five children growing up and apart, in the South of the fifties, sixties, and seventies.     It's Newland, Tennessee, and The Five -- lazing and dreaming in the branches of a weeping beech -- are plotting their futures:  The two Prince sisters (daughters of the mill owner), the two Tatro brothers (sons of the foreman), and Donny, the black grandson of the Princes' maid, Ruby.     These kids are a world unto themselves.  They are a conspiracy, a cabal, a band of brothers, forever to be bonded in love and custom as they are now.  Theirs is the land of Devout Prayer Breakfasts and the ubiquitous gospel quartet ("...drop kick me, Jesus, through the goal posts of life..."), cheerleading clinics, afterschool workshops on float construction and pom-pom making.  Girls make date bars and fudge divinity to raise money for the Plantation Ball.  The banner over the dance floor reads:  "Our Southern Way of Life."...The Yankee Communists are responsible for such plots as fluoridated water, polio serums, mental hygiene...The South is their home, their Eden, the cherished universe of happy children.     We follow these five -- the Tatro boys, pledged to wed the Prince girls (so their children will be double-first cousins), and the black child, Donny, everyone's pet -- as the certainties of childhood meet the complexities of modern life and the extraordinary changes overtaking the South, and as their paths diverge.  We see Sally, the petite girl with "pep," becoming the consummate Southern Girl, Homecoming Queen, embattled (flirtatious) Virgin (fighting off any creeping sensations of enjoyment that might interfere with her powers of surveillance), devoted Wife (devouring magazine advice), local radio Homecraft Celebrity ("Turn Your Trash into Treasures")...and her husband, Jed, just as classically a Southern Boy (star athlete, macho husband, anti-union foreman), sinking into disillusionment as Sally grows in resilience...his serious brother, Raymond (the restless child stamp collector), going North, immersing himself in Civil-Rights work...and moody Emily (the brain), venturing forth to college in New York -- each of them rushing into the sixties culture, getting radicalized, politicized, sexualized, and being enlightened along the way (by Northerners) about Southerners:  those rednecks, hillbillies, and psychopaths.  And we follow the only black member of The Five, marrying a woman he adores, getting mired in his janitor job, escaping North where he's initiated into the pleasures and traps of city life.     In this large, passionate novel, we discover the special nature, the costs and exhilarations, of being a Southerner in an era of great tumult and change.  With all the humor, feeling, and wry wisdom that made KINFLICKS such a popular and critical success, Lisa Alther charts the universal passage from the idyllic shores of childhood through the unanticipated mazes of grown-up life.

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