Object Lessons

Object Lessons

Book - 1991
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR "Elaborate and playful...Honest and deeply felt....Here is the Quindlen wit, the sharp eye for the details of class and manners, [and] the ardent reading of domestic lives." THE NEW YORK TIMES It is the 1960s, in suburban New York City. Maggie and her family, are in the thrall of her powerful grandfather Jack Scanlan. In the summer of her twelfth year, Maggie is despertately trying to master the object lessons her grandfather fills her head with. But there is too much going on to concentrate. Everything at home is in upheaval, her grandfather is changing, and Maggie is unsure if what she wants is worth having....
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1991.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780394569659
Characteristics: 262 p. ;,25 cm.


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Aug 17, 2014

Maggie's 12 in the early 1960s, part of a large Italian family, with an Irish mother. Her grandfather's a control freak, but Maggie's one of his favorites, and she returns his love, while knowing her mother disapproves. Confusion about her family, and indeed Life and her parents in general trouble Maggie. Peer pressure is an issue, but she loves learning and school. This novel's a delight. Quildlen knows how to write about families, especially, it seems, Catholic families. It was a bit long, and the ending seems, on the other hand, a bit abrupt, or it would have gotten another star.

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