Hello, I Must Be Going: A Novel

Hello, I Must Be Going: A Novel

by Christie Hodgen

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Overview

It's the early 1980s, and tomboy Frankie Hawthorne's world is overturned when her beloved father--a Vietnam amputee who masks depression by playing comedian--shoots himself. Frankie's neighborhood, in a down-at-the-heels industrial city near Boston, has had its own happier times. Left behind along with Frankie are her mother, Gerrie, a waitress at Friendly's, and a sweetly innocent younger brother, Teddy.Soon, Frankie decides not to talk, resisting the overly ebullient school psychologist, and comforting herself by drawing cartoons. Gerri, now chain-smoking and addicted to television--Doris Day! Rock Hudson!--wears an imaginary charm bracelet of disappointments. The once-adorable Teddy runs wild and is frequently summoned to the principal's office.Finally, with some unlikely help, Frankie understands the possibility of growing beyond grief. Balancing perfectly between funny and sad, this poignant novel is about the tenacity of ghosts and the stubbornness of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393330182
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/16/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Christie Hodgen is the author of Elegies for the Brokenhearted; Hello, I Must Be Going; and A Jeweler’s Eye for Flaw. She has won the AWP Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where she lives.

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Hello, I Must Be Going 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
CatieN on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel is equal parts funny and sad and just beautifully written. The main character, Frankie (Frances) Hawthorne, has had an incredibly close bond with her father since she was a newborn. She was a fussy baby who was driving her mother crazy with her crying and wailing. One day, Frankie's mother shoved the new baby at Frankie's father and said, "Take it, take it," and she went back to work, and Randall Hawthorne raised Frankie and her little brother, Teddy. But Randall was a Vietnam vet with one leg who came out of the jungle with a lot of baggage. Not surprisingly, tragedy does strike the Hawthorne family. The main theme of the story is handling grief, not necessarily healing because I don't think that ever happened for any of the characters. Just becoming stronger and carrying on. The only quibble I had was with the disappearance of Uncle Harpo. I wish the author would have thrown out a clue about what happened to him. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
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