How to Earn Your Keep

How to Earn Your Keep

by Deahn Berrini

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ISBN-13: 9780985168933
Publisher: Four Square Press
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Deahn Berrini aims to give voice to those not backed by education, connections or luck. Her first novel, Milkweed, which looks at post-traumatic stress disorder in returning vets from the family’s point of view, was extensively researched, and praised by Richard Currey, author of the classic Fatal Light, and by the Vietnam Veterans of America’s The VWA Veteran. She writes for her local newspaper and teaches writing. A graduate of Brown University with a degree in History and an alum of Boston College Law School, she lives north of Boston with her family and is at always at work on her next novel.

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How to Earn Your Keep 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
loco29 More than 1 year ago
Deahn Berrini is a very talented writer.  This is a well conceived, well executed novel. The main characters are likable, interesting and easy to root for.  Even the antagonists are interesting and well drawn.  The dialog is spare, intelligent and illuminating.  The prose is lyrical, totally appropriate for the picturesque setting  in a small coastal town in New England. The conflicts are real and to me that made the book compelling, so much so that I was sorry to see it end.  I hope Ms Berrini follows up with a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deahn Berrini knows how to create complex characters full of humanity beset with many moral choices. A very enjoyable book. I recommend it.
Meg37 More than 1 year ago
"How to Earn Your Keep" is a beautifully written novel. The carefully crafted prose is a pleasure to read, understated and elegant. Set in the North Shore of Boston (and Berrini’s wonderful feel for and descriptions of the area make it a character in itself), the novel follows a sister and brother as they do what they must to keep the family out of poverty and struggle with the economic and moral choices that entails. But what sets the book apart is how deeply moving it is. I quickly found myself truly caring about each of the characters, and I became completely invested in their story. I won’t give the ending away, but it is beautiful and touched with grace—and I might have had a little trouble reading the last paragraph through my tears.