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In the sequel to her marvelous memoir of a difficult childhood in east Texas, _The Liars' Club_, Karr describes her teens in Leechfield in the early 1960s. Her mother, fresh from a stint in a mental hospital, teaches the ladies painting and doesn't much sweat the small stuff (including anything her daughter might be up to), her father is a good-time guy who clearly doesn't understand her, and her older sister does her best to fit in with the crowd and pretend she's not a member of this dysfunctional family. There are friends, boyfriends, drugs, and a few run-ins with the law. But mostly, it's Karr's crystalline evocation of teenage womanhood, with all its fears, desires, and little triumphs, that make this as compulsively readable as its predecessor.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   general coming of age story Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript. of female anat. (the big B's)    -   actual description of hetero sex Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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