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Hand Me Down: A Novel
     

Hand Me Down: A Novel

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by Melanie Thorne
 

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A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2012

Hand Me Down, which recalls the gritty power of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, is fiction with the ring of truth.” –San Jose Mercury News

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Reid has spent her life protecting her sister, Jaime, from their parents’

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A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2012

Hand Me Down, which recalls the gritty power of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, is fiction with the ring of truth.” –San Jose Mercury News

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Reid has spent her life protecting her sister, Jaime, from their parents’ cruel mistakes and broken promises. When their mother chooses her second husband and their new family over raising her firstborn girls, Elizabeth and Jaime are separated and risk losing the shelter of each other. Hand Me Down indelibly captures a contemporary family journey--how two young people, against incredible odds, forge lives of their own in the face of an uncertain future.

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“A sad, compelling read.” -People

“Melanie Thorne's debut novel is raw with emotion as she describes Liz's often futile efforts to protect her sister and herself from the predator their mother has invited into their lives. It is often hard to remember that this is, in fact, a novel and not a memoir… Thorne's novel is an eye-opener… she leaves the reader haunted by a nagging question: What happens to the children who are not so lucky?” -Associated Press

“Thorne sounds utterly liberated as she describes the merits of exploring fact through fiction… With the clear-eyed honesty of a Daniel Woodrell or Bonnie Jo Campbell character, Liz describes the pain of being a young person among careless, thrill-seeking men and hardworking, wounded women.” -San Francisco Chronicle

“Hand Me Down, which recalls the gritty power of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, is fiction with the ring of truth.” -San Jose Mercury News

“The novel’s adolescent perspective is sure to find popularity with YA audiences.” -Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452298859
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/26/2013
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
741,330
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“The novel’s adolescent perspective is sure to find popularity with YA audiences.” -Library Journal

Meet the Author

 Melanie Thorne earned her MA from University of California-Davis, where she was awarded the Alva Englund Fellowship and the Maurice Prize in Fiction. She lives in northern California.

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Hand Me Down 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book! It was a super easy read with a very likeable main character. A tremendous job was done in developing the characters and plot in this book. I just wanted to scoop her up and bring her home! Reminded me a lot of "White Oleander"!
quihiquilter More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. The best I've read recently.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book read more like a non fiction work than a novel. For anyone that has had the creepy stepfather it hits too close to home. Although I didn't know that part of the setting was Salt Lake City when I picked this book, anyone that knows the city recognized that Young High School was really West High. It was a good read and might be helpful in letting those that live in a "normal"family what life is like for those in less than ideal circumstance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book about family and growing into ones self. Makes most families seem normal.
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