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Description - Make Believe by Joanna Scott

Because her black boyfriend Kamon Gilbert was killed in a city street before the birth of their child, Jenny Templin moved out of the city. Because she lived so far away, she bought a car, and because she had a car she took a job. Because she had a job she gave her boy to his black grandparents to care for most of the time. Because she worked so hard she liked to relax with a few drinks after work before she picked up the boy. And because she'd had too many drinks one night and because she was dead tired, her car spun on the road and rolled, leaving the boy orphaned at the age of three, with two sets of grandparents, one white and one black, each determined to raise the boy their own way.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860469763
ISBN-10: 1860469760
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 130mm x 18mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: The Harvill Press
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Reviews - Make Believe by Joanna Scott

UK Kirkus Review » Scott, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her novel The Manikin, has written an enchanting often disturbing novel centered around a three-year-old boy, Bo. Bo is orphaned after his father's death in a hit and run and his mother's death in a car accident, and he becomes the focus of a custody battle between his two sets of grandparents. Scott magically weaves the world and imagination of a three-year-old's mind eye, placing his focused, intense imaginings, his dreams of his lost mother and of belonging, amid an adult world that is full of disappointment, resentment, strained relationships and dangerous desires. Make Believe taps into the depths of the imagination with which a child constructs reality, his world, his identity, his morals and beliefs, as it effortlessly moves from the point of view of the adults surrounding Bo, to Bo's own vulnerable and developing self. Scott's writing is beautiful, inventive yet subtle, filled with tragedy but brimming with humour; she captures the mysterious, often profound inner world of her characters, while placing their feet firmly on the ground, finding their way in an all too human world. This is an insightful and wonderful read. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Joanna Scott

JOANNA SCOTT is the author of several novels, including Tourmaline a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; The Manikin, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; Arrogance, based on the life of Egon Schiele; and, most recently, Follow Me. She has also written the short story collections, Everybody Loves Somebody and Various Antidotes, which was a finalist for the 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award. She lives in Rochester, New York with her husband and two daughters.

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