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At the Breakers: A Novel

At the Breakers: A Novel (Hardback)

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Literary fiction has presented readers with centuries of memorable women in trouble. Here, the author of the widely praised and beloved ""Come and Go, Molly Snow"", Kentucky novelist Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, offers Jo Sinclair, a long-term single parent of four children. Fleeing an abusive relationship, she winds up in Sea Cove, New Jersey, in front of The Breakers, a salty old hotel in the process of renovation. In this unlikely setting, Jo finds a way to renovate herself, to reclaim the promising life that was derailed by pregnancy when she was fourteen. She impulsively convinces the owner to give her a job painting the rooms and settles in with her youngest child, thirteen-year-old Nick. A grand cast of characters wanders through this little world, among them Iris Zephyr, the hotel's ninety-two-year-old permanent boarder; Charlie, a noble mixed-breed dog; Wendy, Jo's tough eighteen-year-old daughter, who has suffered most from her mother's past mistakes; and Marco, the nearby gas station owner, who bids fair to become her mother's next mistake. Soon Victor Mangold, Jo's former teacher, and a well-known and exuberant poet, arrives on the premises to stir everything up. ""At The Breakers"" is a courageous, well rendered novel about forgiveness and reconciliation. Its heroine, put through the fire, comes out with a chance for happiness - if she can muster the faith, courage, and optimism to take that chance.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismFiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky Publication Date: 15/02/2009 ISBN-13: 9780813125428  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Mary Ann Taylor-Hall is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble ""Discover Great New Writers"" award and the author of How She Knows What She Knows About Yo-Yos, a Fore Word Magazine Book of the Year, and Come and Go, Molly Snow.

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