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Singing Songs
     

Singing Songs

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by Meg Tilly
 

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Oscar-nominated actress Meg Tilly brings the depth and sensitivity that have marked her acting career to this chronicle of a young girl's coming-of-age. "An altogether stunning debut, a heartbreaking book that is somehow also funny and wonderful to read".--Chicago Tribune.

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Oscar-nominated actress Meg Tilly brings the depth and sensitivity that have marked her acting career to this chronicle of a young girl's coming-of-age. "An altogether stunning debut, a heartbreaking book that is somehow also funny and wonderful to read".--Chicago Tribune.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sometimes creativity blesses twice: Tilly, an actress best known for her portrayal of Chloe, the luminous young lover of the recent suicide in The Big Chill , has written an impressive first novel. Fashioned in short, cinematic vignettes, the story is related from Anna's bravely innocent point of view, which expands as she grows from a preschooler to a preteen. Anna lives with her large family in a variety of squalid locations, finally settling on an island in the Northwest. Her Radcliffe-educated mother, deserted by her well-to-do husband, has become a careless slut; she has married an older man who turns out to be a ``layabout,'' a child-beater and -molester. Anna's many siblings, blood and step, try to make it against these terrible odds, while Anna herself struggles unsuccessfully to cushion them from her stepfather's brutality and lechery, fiercely tries to protect herself from a number of sexual assaults and attempts to wrest some comfort from her overwrought mother. The young girl finds solace in the natural world: in a pet fawn who briefly lives in the bathroom and in baby owls who ride her shoulders. She revels in having her own room (a pantry closet) and proudly learns to shoplift. In retaining Anna's artless and natural voice, Tilly gives her credibility. Anna's clear-eyed perspective, generous nature and fighting spirit will make readers wish her success--but the novel's irresolute, troubling ending hardly promises a brighter future. (June)
Library Journal
Tilly, best known for her performances in feature films (Agnes of God, The Big Chill) here debuts as a novelist. The heroine of the story is Anna, one child of many growing up in a househould characterized by violence and abuse. The chapters read almost like short stories, with the time and locale changing as the family moves from place to place. The children are removed from school, beaten, and forced into incestuous relationships with most of their male relatives. Their occasional triumphs are heartening but come too rarely to offer any real hope for their future. Yet they try to protect one another from their stepfather, and their mutual love is touching. This is a promising first novel, and author recognition may create demand. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/94.]-Kathy Ingels Helmond, formerly with Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. at Indianapolis Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780929636627
Publisher:
Syren Book Company
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Singing Songs 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was written so well, I read it in a day. Tilly is very capable of writing from a childs point of view and painting a most disturbing picture of abuse. I would not advise the faint of heart to even attempt to read this book. At first the ending bothered me but I appreciate being let to choose what the characters future might be. This book makes you look at abuse and all its ugliness and reminds me to be thankful for my 'normal' childhood and that my kids haven't been subjected to such atrocities.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful and moving book. I've read this book twice now and both times was amazed at how Meg Tilly captures the voice of childhood. She grabs you from page one and doesn't let go. She is a wonderful writer who seems to be able to set you right down in each scene, lets you experience the difficulties and challenges and triumphs of the main character, Anna, first hand. I highly recommend this book, both times I read it, it moved me to tears. And, as it turns out, I just discovered from reading in People Magazine that much of this book is autobiographical (which is only more heartbreaking).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book. I read it in 3 days. I would recommend reading this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finished reading this book recently and it made me feel very depressed b/c of all the abuse the girls when the through the whole family was so sick. It was painful to read it. It really was. Her writing is good but I thought it could have been better, I also didn't like the foul language in it.