Child of My Heart
by Alice McDermott


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In Alice McDermott's first work of fiction since her best-selling, National Book Award-winning" Charming Billy," a woman recalls her fifteenth summer with the wry and bittersweet wisdom of hindsight.

The beautiful child of older parents, raised on the eastern end of Long Island, Theresa is her town's most sought-after babysitter--cheerful, poised, an effortless storyteller, a wonder with children and animals.  Read more...


 
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Overview

In Alice McDermott's first work of fiction since her best-selling, National Book Award-winning" Charming Billy," a woman recalls her fifteenth summer with the wry and bittersweet wisdom of hindsight.

The beautiful child of older parents, raised on the eastern end of Long Island, Theresa is her town's most sought-after babysitter--cheerful, poised, an effortless storyteller, a wonder with children and animals. Among her charges this fateful summer is Daisy, her younger cousin, who has come to spend a few quiet weeks in this bucolic place. While Theresa copes with the challenge presented by the neighborhood's waiflike children, the tumultuous households of her employers, the attentions of an aging painter, and Daisy's fragility of body and spirit, her precocious, tongue-in-check sense of order is tested as she makes the perilous crossing into adulthood. In her deeply etched rendering of all that happened that seemingly idyllic season, McDermott once again peers into the depths of everyday life with inimitable insight and grace.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312422912
  • ISBN-10: 0312422911
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl
  • Publish Date: November 2003
  • Page Count: 242
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds


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Child of My Heart

In this provocative coming-of-age novel, Theresa, a smart, unusually pretty 15-year-old, tells the story of a summer that changes her life forever. Pinning their hopes on her blooming beauty, Theresa's parents move the family to the affluent community of East Hampton, where they believe she'll find a wealthy suitor. In East Hampton, Theresa spends her days babysitting for the rich and famous, befriending their privileged children and playing on the beach. But this season of youthful innocence also has a dark side. Suffering the sexual advances of older men, Theresa gets a bitter introduction to the grownup world from her wealthy clients. Characterized by the author's trademark crystalline prose, this edgy narrative is an intense look at the boundary between childhood and adulthood. With it, McDermott continues the groundbreaking portrayal of modern-day Irish-American families that distinguished previous, best-selling books like Charming Billy. A reading group guide is available in print from your local bookseller.

 
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