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Sweet Mystery: A Book of Remembering

Patterson, Judith Hillman

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ISBN 10: 0374272263 / ISBN 13: 9780374272265
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1996
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276, illus., sticker with a quotation from Harper Lee on front DJ, tape residue ins fr bd & flylf. Inscribed by the author. Set against the backdrop of the rural South in the 1940's, an evocative memoir of a troubled childhood and family captures a painful world of alcoholism, mental illness, and denial as the author explores the effects of trauma and the strengths that allow children to survive trauma. Bookseller Inventory # 50819

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Title: Sweet Mystery: A Book of Remembering

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Book Condition: good, good

Edition: First Edition. First? Printing.

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Set against the backdrop of the rural South in the 1940s, an evocative memoir of a troubled childhood and family captures a painful world of alcoholism, mental illness, and denial as its explores the effects of trauma and the strengths of circumstances that allow children to survive them.

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Judith Hillman Paterson, a journalism professor at the University of Maryland, has fashioned a courageous chronicle of a horrific childhood that included an alcoholic father, who once beat her until she blacked out, and a mother who died at age 31 after years of mental illness and substance abuse and left behind four children under the age of 10. Sweet Mystery mostly takes place in the rural South around the time of World War II, during the author's first decade. Seen through the eyes of a child, the book tells of a life filled with grief and trauma.

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