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Growing up in Other People's Houses : A Memoir

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In the tradition of Jo Ann Beard's "Boys of My Youth," and Mary Karr's"The""Liar's Club," Paula McLain has written a powerful and haunting memoir about the years she and her two sisters spent as foster children. In the early 70s, after being abandoned by both parents, the girls were made wards of the Fresno County, California court and spent the next 14 years-in a series of adoptive homes. The dislocations, confusions, and odd pleasures of an unrooted life form the basis of a captivating memoir. McLain's beautiful writing and limber voice capture the intense loneliness, sadness, and determination of a young girl both on her own and responsible, with her siblings, for staying together as a family.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2003
ISBN: 9780316597425
Branch Call Number: 362.733092 MCLA 2003
Characteristics: 260 p


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Oct 08, 2015

This was an excellent read. Although sad that people treat foster children this way and it really makes you think that more screening and training is needed to be a foster parent. Great writing and vivid details made this book hard to put down.

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