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SACRED COUNTRY

Rose Tremain

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ISBN 10: 0689121709 / ISBN 13: 9780689121708
Published by Atheneum, New York, 1993
Hardcover
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Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Clean, bright pages. ; 9.10 X 6.60 X 1.20 inches; 320 pages; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. Bookseller Inventory # 91547

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Title: SACRED COUNTRY

Publisher: Atheneum, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition Thus; First Printing.

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Certain that she is really a male trapped in a female's body, Mary Ward pursues this elusive identity, much to the consternation of her mother, her brother, and a neighbor's son

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At the age of 6, while standing in a field observing a minute's silence for the death of King George IV, Mary Ward realized she was not a little girl. "That was a mistake," she said to herself. "She was a boy." Where this realization takes Mary is the ostensible subject of Sacred Country, although British writer Rose Tremain (author of The Way I Found Her) so lovingly treats the bleak town of Swaithey, England, where Mary grows up, and the people around her that the novel eddies out to encompass the town and times. With a steady eye, Tremain describes the harsh circumstances of Mary's early life and her disconnection from her body and surroundings. That she can find so much humor and magic in Mary's slow transformation into Martin is remarkable, but the book may be most memorable for its quiet realism and light, exacting prose. Not to be missed. --Regina Marler

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