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Quickening (Abridged)

Brown, Laura Catherine

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ISBN 10: 1587880474 / ISBN 13: 9781587880476
Published by Brilliance Audio, Grand Haven, MI, USA, 2000
Used Condition: Very Good (Cassette Tapes)
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Brief summary of content available on request by e-mail. Unabridged audio book on 4 cassettes. Running time 6 hours. Bookseller Inventory # 174495

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Title: Quickening (Abridged)

Publisher: Brilliance Audio, Grand Haven, MI, USA

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Audio Book

Illustrator: Schirner, Emily (reader)

Book Condition:Very Good (Cassette Tapes)

Dust Jacket Condition: Good (Box)

Edition: Audio Book.

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"Quickening" is the stage in pregnancy when a fetus shows signs of having a life of its own - a stage in the development that this first-time novelist likens to the equally dramatic step of a child moving away from home. Nineteen-year-old Mandy Boyle is leaving for college - full of ambition and anticipation, more than ready to sever ties with her blue-collar family and their backwater town. But then the sudden death of her father shatters her exciting new world and shows her that her connection with home is stronger than she thought. The first-person narrative of Quickening becomes compelling as Mandy, caught between her old and new lives, struggles to find a way through her increasingly turbulent world, where she's buffeted by problems she's too young and inexperienced to handle. During the six-month course of this novel, we observe the transformation - the quickening - of this young woman: No longer simply reacting to the people and circumstances around her, Mandy begins to choose, for the first time, a life for herself.

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"In Quickening , get ready to meet a quirky and poignant heroine who will grab you from the first page and won't let you go. Love, grief, loss, confusion, the search for identity--it's all here, and it all feels fresh and new. Laura Brown is a terrific new writer who shoots straight from the heart."        
                                        


---Dani Shapiro, author of Slow Motion
"The heroine of this remarkable novel may have to wait for her quickening, but for the reader, happily, it begins on the opening page. Laura Catherine Brown writes with remarkable authenticity about the struggles and setbacks of crossing into adult life. This is a terrific debut."        
        


---Margot Livesey, author of The Missing World and Criminals
"Laura Brown eschews the trendy, the glitzy, and the experimental and goes straight for the heart with her tender portrayal of an impoverished

upstate New York teenager fumbling over the first steps of adulthood. She has a gift for writing scenes that are sharp, poignant, and suspenseful. And she excels in creating characters who are weak and even cruel and yet achingly sweet. Mandy Boyle's determination, her unwillingness to abandon hope, and her generosity of spirit make Quickening a grace-ful and uplifting read."

---Douglas Glover, author of Dog Attempts to Drown Man in Saskatoon

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