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Taken In

Beverly Coyle

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ISBN 10: 067086398X / ISBN 13: 9780670863983
Published by Viking, 1998
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Viking (New York), 1998. First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New/new. A tight unread copy. SALE. Bookseller Inventory # 3694

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Title: Taken In

Publisher: Viking

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition...

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In Taken In we meet Malcolm and Susan Robb, a contemporary couple with purposeful work, outreach and children. After an accidental meeting between their son, Matt, and Angela Bert, a runaway and sometimes prostitute, and her sidekick, Cooper Reese, the Robbs find Cooper at their door raving about matters that seem to have nothing to do with them. In moments, all of their lives are utterly changed. Not only is there a murder, but Malcolm must face that his son will never follow in his footsteps, that his daughter, despite her youth, is more capable than he is, and that his marriage contains many more secrets than he could possibly have imagined. Self-revelation, a mysterious neighbor, and strange new alliances knit Coyle's vivid characters together in a forced reappraisal of normalcy and insanity, generosity and self-interest. Taken In is certain to be hailed as another "perfect, dazzling" (Los Angeles Times) and "brilliant" (The New York Times Book Review) work from Beverly Coyle, who New York Newsday calls "quirky and unpredictable, knowing yet forgiving, [and] always wise".


What do you get when you mix a Monday night movie, an ABC After School Special, and an Anne Tyler book? You get the third novel of Beverly Coyle (author of In Troubled Waters), Taken In, which dives deep into the murky moral waters of religious perception, familial roles, and dysfunctional ties. Malcom and Susan Robb are liberal baby boomers with a 16-year-old son, Matt, who would sooner take behavioral cues from Billy Graham than listen to a Beastie Boys CD. Much to their consternation, Matt constantly drops biblical quotes, asks them to rethink vaguely questionable ethics, and gives all of his possessions away. His philosophy is hard to argue with until he mistakenly gets arrested for solicitation while giving all of his money to a prostitute. A neighbor, Oren Abel, gets the boy out of hot water, but finds himself in a much more gnarled web. Angela, Matt's newfound street-walking friend, is still clinging (literally) to some nasty baggage. Her abusive, violent boyfriend, Cooper has severe problems with things like personal growth, emotional development, and such, and he doesn't have any intention of sharing Angela with the Robbs or anyone else. A dark comedy, drama, and social commentary rolled up in one, Taken In is literary take-out: a quick, no frills sampling of American mores.

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