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Description - The Miss America Family by Julianna Baggott

The best day of Pixie's life was the day she won the Miss New Jersey beauty pageant. Her dreams stretched in front of her: a Miss America could go anywhere, be anyone. Fame and fortune were at her fingertips - until she fell pregnant. Now, the mother of a teenager, on her second marriage, she is beset by memories of her glittering career. Ezra, her sixteen-year-old son, notices none of this. It's the start of the long summer holiday and his main preoccupation is the girl next door and his quest to lose his virginity. Engaging and honest, he tells his own story of what it means to be the child of a woman whose American dream went nowhere. Soulful and mordantly funny in the vein of American Beauty, Pixie and Ezra unfold a story of the American family that is at once touching and fiercely honest.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099427995
ISBN-10: 0099427990
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - The Miss America Family by Julianna Baggott

UK Kirkus Review » Once, Pixie dreamed of becoming Miss America. In the midst of a confusing, chaotic existence the purity she perceives as conferred by such a title gives everything coherence. But things don't of course go according to plan and pregnancy effectively thwarts her ambitious hopes. Decades pass and Pixie finds life as a wife and mother deeply unfulfilling. Married to a man she tolerates and harbouring a disturbing secret, she muses upon lost opportunities and wonders how she's become so disenchanted. At the same time her 16-year-old son Ezra is trying to make sense of his own muddled life. Infatuated with the confident girl next door and dimly aware of his mother's unhappiness, he narrates the story of a rather peculiar summer when the line between fantasy and reality becomes increasingly blurred. Set in the 1980s, the book unfolds in chapters alternately narrated by mother and son; one reaching back to the past in order to make sense of the present, the other trying to map out his future. In prose that is both sardonic and poignant in tone, Baggott presents an engaging, darkly amusing story of a dysfunctional American family suspended in emotional freefall. The latest in what's currently a popular genre, there's much to recommend this caustic tale. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Julianna Baggott

Julianna Baggott has published dozens of short stories and poems and is the author of the prize winning poetry collection, This Country of Mothers and the bestselling novel Girl Talk. She teaches at Florida State University's Creative Writing Program. She lives in Florida with her husband, writer David G.W. Scott, and their three young children. Visit her website at

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