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Description - The Agnostics by Wendy Rawlings

This is a family epic of a generation coming of age in a time of cultural upheaveal. Who knows if there's a God? There's us, now, and caterpillars and other insects and mulch. So thinks Stephen Wirth as he watches his marriage collapse. Between bouts of alcoholism and attempts to restore a fleet of decrepit boats, Stephen does his best to help his daughters cope with their mother having fallen in love with another woman. But growing up and making sense of the world is something the girls must do on their own, just as for their mother there is no easy way around building a new life. Set on Long Island, ""The Agnostics"" follows the Wirths through several decades as they struggle to redefine themselves and their idea of family. Painting with a fine and delicate brush, Wendy Rawlings reveals her characters' lives as a series of discrete moments, illuminating the intimate story of one American middle-class family.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780472116256
ISBN-10: 0472116258
Format: Hardback
Pages: 296
Imprint: The University of Michigan Press
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Publish Date: 2-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Wendy Rawlings

Wendy Rawlings is the author of the story collection Come Back Irish. She teaches in and currently directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama.