My Turquoise Years: A Memoir

My Turquoise Years: A Memoir

by M.A.C. Farrant
     
 

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My Turquoise Years is a touching, funny, and elegantly written account of a 13-year-old girl's life. Throughout her childhood, Marion Farrant had heard stories of the sophisticated life her mother, Nancy, led aboard cruise ships and in Australia. The exotic world of furs, jewels, cigarette holders, and handsome men seemed miles away from the west coast hamlet where…  See more details below

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My Turquoise Years is a touching, funny, and elegantly written account of a 13-year-old girl's life. Throughout her childhood, Marion Farrant had heard stories of the sophisticated life her mother, Nancy, led aboard cruise ships and in Australia. The exotic world of furs, jewels, cigarette holders, and handsome men seemed miles away from the west coast hamlet where Marion lived with her aunt and uncle, running wild on the beach with her friends and enjoying weekend visits with her devoted father. But things changed the year she entered her teens. First, a package arrived from her mom - a gift of sexy lingerie. Next, Nancy threw everyone into a tizzy by announcing that she was coming to visit! With affection and wry humor, Farrant remembers her own impetuousness and sarcastic attitude as a teenager, and perfectly captures the emerging counterculture of the early-1960s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781926812199
Publisher:
Greystone Books
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
2 MB

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‘My mother,’ I liked to joke to my friends, ‘is missing and in action.’ By the time I was thirteen, she was on her fourth or fifth marriage. ‘Maybe even her seventh or eighth,’ I’d been known to boast. In truth, we never knew for sure how many marriages Nancy had made. It was certainly more than the sturdy homemakers of Vancouver Island ever had. Like Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds or my Aunt Elsie’s favourite, Lana Turner, I imagined my mother hopscotching from one man’s broken heart to another.
"One of those broken hearts belonged to my father, Billy. When I was younger I thought he kept it at the back of his dresser drawer and only took it out on Friday afternoons, gluing it back together before his weekend trips to the island to see me."

Meet the Author

M.A.C. Farrant was born in Sydney, Australia, and raised in Cordova Bay on Vancouver Island. She attended Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria. She is a former social worker and tap dancer and the author of seven critically acclaimed books: Girls around the House (Polestar, 1999), What’s True, Darling (Polestar, 1997), Word of Mouth (Thistledown, 1996), Altered Statements (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1995), Raw Material (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1993) and Sick Pigeon (Thistledown, 1991). She was the winner of the Van City Book Prize for her short story collection Raw Material, and her work has also been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

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