In this fast-paced, character- driven novel, Kit Lavoie has lost her college scholarship, and is back at her seaside home north of Boston. Responsible for her childlike mother and her brother, Larry, she takes a job with a personal injury lawyer. Kit willingly goes along when her boss enlists her to help snare a wealthy defendant who could make the firm millions-until the facts of the case pit Kit's conscience against her need to make a living. As Larry, sexually unsure and impulsive, learns to trust himself, he gives his sister the courage to act. Set on the windy ocean marshes north of Boston, How to Earn Your Keep takes a hard look at how economic stress can unravel one's morality. And how, sometimes, one illuminating moment can bring us back to our senses.
|Publisher:||Four Square Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|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 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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.
Deahn Berrini knows how to create complex characters full of humanity beset with many moral choices. A very enjoyable book. I recommend it.
"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.