Coming of Age

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As we approach adulthood, we convince ourselves that the mental scripts that have defined us for nearly our entire lives can be discarded. Or altered. Or at least minimized.

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NARRATOR, QUIRKY

One who examines his tattered life by bringing together seemingly disparate elements from his past, both real and imagined. See REALITY.

REALITY

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Patrick “Pack” Walsh may not know exactly where he’s going in life, but he’s happy where he is. He’s got a girlfriend who gets him. His single dad is his best friend.

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Jefferson James raised his daughter Jillian when her mother took off after her birth. Throughout Jillian's life, she learned nothing about her mom, and her dad was close-mouthed about his past.

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Jules Davis, a high school senior, loves her two best friends but envies them, too.

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Coming of age stories seem a dime a dozen these days, which is why it takes a particularly striking novel to catch the eyes of readers.

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A natural-born trapper and hunter raised in the Alaskan wilderness, Tracy Petrikoff spends her days tracking animals and running with her dogs in the remote forests surrounding her family’s home.

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This intense character-exploration story draws you along wondering, What the heck happened to Kit to make her so closed to human relationships?

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“Anyone who enjoys literary or psychological fiction won’t be able to put this whip smart novel down.”

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On a “muggy July day” in 1969, the four Gold siblings, ages 7 to 13, nervously visit a fortune teller, on Hester Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, who supposedly can predict the date of a

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“a serious book, beautifully written, that explores the effect of ruinous family secrets.”

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"skillfully woven . . ."

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". . . the perfect summer read."

Mrs. Fletcher enjoys getting off with the help of online porn. It’s a revelation—especially to her!

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“Clemmons’ voice is natural and appealing . . . and . . . what she is telling us is powerfully poignant and emotional, even at times, devastatingly resonant. . . .

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“an enjoyable feast of nostalgia coupled with the poignant joi de vivre of the teenaged male.”

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“All the twists and turns and deliberate obfuscation of characters names and identities and piled on bizarre coincidences in overly descriptive scenes, only add to the Byzantian complexity

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“Some novels . . . stay with us and haunt us . . . The Zero and the One is one of those tales.”

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“Mona Simpson once again proves herself a master . . . when describing the double-edged sword of human affection . . .”

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“Brimming with acute observation and inspired prose, Mary Miller’s The Last Days of California is a blessing of a book.”

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“. . . the story of a struggling LGBT youth on a journey toward self-understanding. . . . a well-written and contemporary story.”

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“Edmund White who wrote The Beautiful Room Is Empty. Edmund White who gave us A Boy’s Own Story as well. It is as if he owes it to us to always excel.

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“Ultimately, The Marriage Plot is very much a moral tale while at the same time being a literary romp through 80s-style sex, love, and marriage.

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“Engaging and inventive, Ebba and the Green Dresses of Olivia Gomez in a Time of Conflict and War is an ambitious and confident novel by Joan Tewkesbury, a veteran writer for stage

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“How the Mistakes Were Made is a fiercely affectionate rendering of that period right before the general public was hungry for the Nirvanas and the Pearl Jams—but hadn’t yet heard

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“Slated for film, Hick is a gripping, gut-wrenching story depicting the harsh realities of the life of a young, defenseless runaway.

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