Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood

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The “mesmerizing . . . daring and important”* story of a risk-taking girlhood spent in a working-class prison town
*Andre Dubus III


For Maureen Stanton’s proper Catholic mother, the town’s maximum security prison was a way to keep her seven children in line (“If you don’t behave, I’ll put you in Walpole Prison!").  But as the 1970s brought upheaval to America, and the lines between good and bad blurred, Stanton’s once-solid family lost its way. A promising young girl with a smart mouth, Stanton turns watchful as her parents separate and her now-single mother descends into shoplifting, then grand larceny, anything to keep a toehold in the middle class for her children. No longer scared by threats of Walpole Prison, Stanton too slips into delinquency—vandalism, breaking and entering—all while nearly erasing herself through addiction to angel dust, a homemade form of PCP that swept through her hometown in the wake of Nixon’s “total war” on drugs.

Body Leaping Backward is the haunting and beautifully drawn story of a self-destructive girlhood, of a town and a nation overwhelmed in a time of change, and of how life-altering a glimpse of a world bigger than the one we come from can be.     
 

 

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MAUREEN STANTON's book, Killer Stuff and Tons of Money, was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award in nonfiction. Her nonfiction has received the  the Iowa Review award, two Pushcart Prizes, the American Literary Review award in nonfiction, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Maine Arts Commission, among others. Stanton teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

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"Forget the cult of the bad boy, Maureen Stanton's Body Leaping Backward makes my skin shiver and my heart pound out a Hell, yes." -- Lidia Yuknavitch 
"Bursting with radiant storytelling, this is a page-turning narrative that illuminates so much about her personal, and our cultural, darkest moments." -- Michael Patrick MacDonald, author of All Souls: A family Story from Southie "The miracle isn't how Maureen Stanton survived her harrowing adolescence, but how she can write about it with such beauty and clarity. I read this in one heart-in-my-throat sitting." -- Monica Wood, author of When We Were Kennedys "A masterful storyteller, Maureen Stanton has written a timeless and timely memoir of an all-American girlhood derailed by drugs and loss, which is both heartbreaking and hilarious...A luminous portrait of a family and a country at a crucial moment of change. Important and riveting, this is a wonder of a book." -- E.J. Levy, author of Love, in Theory  "I read Maureen Stanton's memoir with respect and appreciation. I am proud and heartbroken at the story she tells-- proud that she reached a point where she could write it all down, and heartbroken at how much courage and resiliency is necessary to survive." -- Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard out of Carolina and Two or Three Things I Know for Sure

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