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Description - Mislaid by Nell Zink

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDA sharply observed, mordantly funny, and startlingly original novel from an exciting, unconventional new voice the author of the acclaimed The Wallcreeper about the making and unmaking of the American family that lays bare all of our assumptions about race and racism, sexuality and desire.Stillwater College in Virginia, 1966. Freshman Peggy, an ingenue with literary pretensions, falls under the spell of Lee, a blue-blooded poet and professor, and they begin an ill-advised affair that results in an unplanned pregnancy and marriage. The two are mismatched from the start she s a lesbian, he s gay but it takes a decade of emotional erosion before Peggy runs off with their three-year-old daughter, leaving their nine-year-old son behind.Worried that Lee will have her committed for her erratic behavior, Peggy goes underground, adopting an African American persona for her and her daughter. They squat in a house in an African-American settlement, eventually moving to a housing project where no one questions their true racial identities. As Peggy and Lee s children grow up, they must contend with diverse emotional issues: Byrdie deals with his father s compulsive honesty; while Karen struggles with her mother s lies she knows neither her real age, nor that she is white, nor that she has any other family.Years later, a minority scholarship lands Karen at the University of Virginia, where Byrdie is in his senior year. Eventually the long lost siblings will meet, setting off a series of misunderstandings and culminating in a comedic finale worthy of Shakespeare."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780062364784
ISBN-10: 0062364782
Format: Paperback
(201mm x 132mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Ecco Press
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publish Date: 26-Jan-2016
Country of Publication: United States

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