The Facts of Life

The Facts of Life

Book - 2002
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A remarkable young boy, Frank Arthur Vine, the product of a passionate encounter between his mother Cassie and an American G.I., is brought up by his mother's six very different--and idiosyncratic--sisters and his charismatic grandmother after his mother is determined to be too unstable, in a emotional and multifaceted novel set against the backdrop of Coventry, England.

Blackwell North Amer
Set during and immediately after World War II, The Facts of Life follows the fortunes of Frank Arthur Vine, the result of a tryst between his mother Cassie and an American GI. Because Cassie is too unreliable and unstable to act as his proper guardian, Frank is brought up alternately by his mother's six very different sisters - each singularly idiosyncratic - and by his beguiling and charismatic grandmother.
But, as his mother knows, and his grandmother strongly suspects, Frank is no ordinary child.
The Facts of Life takes place in Coventry, in the English Midlands, the notorious target of Hitler's fiercest bombing raid and, some nine centuries earlier, the scene of the infamous Lady Godiva's naked ride through the marketplace. Peopled with entrancing characters, it is an enormously affecting tale of family and sisterhood, of the kindness and the madness of women, of the fantastic breaking through in a troubled world.

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Frank Arthur Vine, the product of am encounter between his mother, Cassie, and an American G.I., is brought up in Coventry, England, after World War II by her six very different sisters and his charismatic grandmother after they decide that his mother istoo unstable.

Publisher: London : Gollancz ; New York : Atria Books, c2002
ISBN: 9780575072305
Branch Call Number: JOY
Characteristics: 263 p


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Feb 06, 2013

Definitely worth re-reading.

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