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Pretend we are lovely

Title
Pretend we are lovely / Noley Reid.
Author
Reid, Noley,
Publication
  • Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2017.
  • ©2017

Details

Description
300 pages; 22 cm
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Domestic fiction.
  • Fiction.
Call Number
JFD 17-5307
ISBN
  • 9781941040669
  • 1941040667
LCCN
2016056391
Author
Reid, Noley, author.
Title
Pretend we are lovely / Noley Reid.
Publisher
Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2017.
Copyright Date
©2017
Edition
First US edition.
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Summary
It's the summer of 1982 in Blacksburg, Virginia--seven years after the suspicious death of a son and sibling--and the Sobel family is hungry. Francie dresses in tennis skirts and ankle socks and weighs her grams of allotted carrots and iceberg lettuce. Her semi-estranged husband Tate prefers a packed fridge and hidden doughnuts. Daughters Enid, ten, and Vivvy, almost thirteen, are subtler versions of their parents, measuring their summer vacation by meals had or meals skipped. But at summer's end, secrets both old and new emerge and Francie disappears, leaving the family teetering on the brink. Told from alternating points of view by the four living Sobels, Pretend We Are Lovely is a sharp and darkly funny story of forgiveness, family secrets, and the losses we inherit. At its core is the ever-complicated and deeply-devoted bond of sisterhood as the girls, left mostly to their own devices, must navigate their way through middle school, find comfort in each other, and learn the difference between food and nourishment.
Research Call Number
JFD 17-5307
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