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When We Get There: A Novel
     

When We Get There: A Novel

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by Shauna Seliy
 

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Over the course of one winter in 1974, in the coal-mining town of Banning, Pennsylvania, the youngest member of a large and boisterous Eastern European family gives himself a tall order: to find his mother, who recently disappeared without explanation. Lucas, an only child whose father died several years earlier in a coa-mine blast, lives with the legacy of loss.

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Over the course of one winter in 1974, in the coal-mining town of Banning, Pennsylvania, the youngest member of a large and boisterous Eastern European family gives himself a tall order: to find his mother, who recently disappeared without explanation. Lucas, an only child whose father died several years earlier in a coa-mine blast, lives with the legacy of loss. Despite his heavy inheritance, Lucas is still just a thirteen-year-old boy puzzling out the world around him. He shuttles between the homes of his family elders whose old-world ways he can't quite understand. When Zoli, his mother's embittered admirer, takes it upon himself to find his lost love, violence and retribution escalate until no one, especially Lucas, is safe. As he struggles to find his place in this unsettling landscape, Lucas's extended family and close-knit ethnic community circle around him. Set against the collapse of the industry that has sustained the family and the town for generations, When We Get There is a startling tale of one family's long winter-and the spring that eventually comes hard on winter's heels.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608190003
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/01/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
491,935
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Shauna Seliy's work has appeared in The New Orleans Review, Meridian and Other Voices. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and lives in New York.

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When We Get There 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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This is a wonderful book with great characters, beautiful writing, a wry sense of humor, and interesting perspectives on family and immigrants. A remarkable first novel!!!!