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outstanding

Outstanding! Wonderfully put together.

posted by Anonymous on September 6, 2003

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Child of My Heart

It is the gentle telling of a Long Island summer in the '60s by a fifteen year old girl. She is a careful observer. The book is a little like watching grass grow, but lovely grass. Theresa's interactions with the children she babysits, the animals and the adults in he...
It is the gentle telling of a Long Island summer in the '60s by a fifteen year old girl. She is a careful observer. The book is a little like watching grass grow, but lovely grass. Theresa's interactions with the children she babysits, the animals and the adults in her world, especially the older men as they tentatively approach this beautiful girl, unfold with love. Her love and caring for her 8 year cousin who is dying is poignant. It is the kind of book teenage girls could like and, hopefully, learn from. Great summer reading or listening.

posted by aquilagold on July 26, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2003

    outstanding

    Outstanding! Wonderfully put together.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    Lovely novel blurs 'rules' of writing

    I will recommend Child of My Heart to my 14-year-old daughter for a number of reasons: for it's sympathetically-drawn characters; for its meditation on the nature of caring; for its insight into the sometimes not common-sensical inner life of emotional transition; and maybe most of all, for its rich yet spare use of language to create these characters and setting. These same qualities attracted me¿a middle-aged guy. Yes, the protagonist, 15-year-old Theresa, and her 8-year-old cousin, Daisy¿both complement and foil to Theresa¿sometimes reveal wisdom beyond their years (a la Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird). This device moves the novel beyond pure photorealism, although the many characters of the small community of the book are mostly sympathetically fleshed out, to incorporate some aspects of fable. Interweaving the archetypal into the personal, as Ms. McDermott has done so well and almost imperceptibly here, serves only to offer the reader an added layer of meaning to consider.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2003

    One of the most beautiful novels I have ever read

    Alice McDermott's achingly beautiful story of a summer will lure you in and never let go. There are passages and images so remarkably written that they take your breath away. I was as enchanted by Theresa as her little charges in the Hamptons. I was reluctant to leave the vividly etched and beautifully evoked world of Theresa and Daisy Mae. These characters will live on in my memory always.

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    Posted February 13, 2009

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