Mouthing the Words by Camilla Gibb
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Mouthing the Words
By Camilla Gibb

Mouthing the Words

A Novel

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Mouthing the Words by Camilla Gibb

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By turns harrowing and hilarious, this adroitly narrated winner of the Toronto Book Award re-creates the world in the imagination of Thelma. It's a world in which she can escape some of her more painful childhood realities, like those games her father likes to make her play, where he's the boss and she the naughty secretary. And her mother so fiercely favors her younger brother, the cherubic Willy, that Thelma finds herself perpetually in emotional exile. No wonder Thelma asks practically every adult she meets to adopt her. Along Thelma's bumpy way from a rural English village to Canada to a law degree at Oxford, she meets many potential parents and even makes some friends, but it is with the companions of her fertile imaginationwith the scaredy-baby Janawee, moody and timid Ginniger, and big, strong, stoic Herointhat Thelma finds comfort. With them, too, she loses an already tenuous connection to reality, though ultimately Thelma's spirit and humor prove to be as indomitable as her wit. "Moving and comic at once...Hallucinatory, hilarious, and haunting. "Boston Globe "Prickly, unsentimental...a portrait of terrible comic humanity. "New York Times Book Review "Mesmerizing...Lush, visceral prose . ..rings with an authority rarely found in first novels. "Washington Post Book World "A novel of astonishing power ...An instantaneous classic. "Baltimore Sun "Elegant ...sings with an almost Victorian delicacy and sophistication. "San Francisco Chronicle

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780786709663
ISBN-10: 0786709669
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Avalon Publishing Group
Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb Sweetness in the Belly, Paperback / softback (April 2007)

Bestselling author Gibb's political history alternates between the unsettled brutal regimes ruling Ethiopia in the 1970s and the harshness of British bigotry in the 1980s, while detailing the grim effects of the Ethiopian diaspora on ordinary people.

Mouthing the Words by Camilla Gibb Mouthing the Words, Paperback (February 2002)

This is the story of Thelma, from childhood to adulthood, and her return to England from Canada to study law at Oxford. Through sexual abuse, anorexia and borderline multiple personality disorder, Thelma retains her spirit, wit and imagination.

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