Family Resemblances

Family Resemblances Karen Moss fifteen and a half recovering from her first real crush on a boy is sent to spend the summer with her Aunt Augusta a beautiful thirty five year old insomniac who keeps the windows of her

  • Title: Family Resemblances
  • Author: Lowry Pei
  • ISBN: 9780394551845
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Karen Moss fifteen and a half, recovering from her first real crush on a boy is sent to spend the summer with her Aunt Augusta, a beautiful, thirty five year old insomniac who keeps the windows of her old Buick closed so that people will think it s air conditioned During the summer Karen leanrs many things how to drive a car, how to drink wine, the appeal of baseball aKaren Moss fifteen and a half, recovering from her first real crush on a boy is sent to spend the summer with her Aunt Augusta, a beautiful, thirty five year old insomniac who keeps the windows of her old Buick closed so that people will think it s air conditioned During the summer Karen leanrs many things how to drive a car, how to drink wine, the appeal of baseball and, not least, the many forms that love can take and the demands it makes.

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    1. I made a deliberate effort to hunt down this book after having Lowry Pei as a writing professor--I was curious to see what he'd written. I was not disappointed. Although as an everyday-set, everyday-character-driven novel it's a bit outside my normal genre preferences, Pei was more than able to hold my attention and the portrait he painted of midwestern Missouri, small-town life in the 1980s was so lovingly redolent of my own childhood only a decade later in very similar circumstances. Family Re [...]

    2. After a close encounter with the fourth kind (a pubescent and hormonal 17 year-old young man) a mother and father decide to send their only child 15 year-old Karen Moss off to her aunt Augusta's for an indeterminate amount of time over the summer vacation. The Moss's feel that a trip away from the fast city of Chicago and out into country side of New Franklin, Missouri will cool her off and allow them time to work on their own problems. Confused by her boyfriend's advances she is sent into even [...]

    3. Often, totally random grabs from used bookstores don't amount to much but as this one had the Vintage Contemporaries spine design, I had high hopes. This is a well done little coming-of-age story that can work as long as the writing's good and it's good. Lots and lots of little moments of wisdom from the 15-year-old narrator that are usually on the money and interesting and unique enough so as to convince you this person might be real. All the 15-year-old stuff is there: family angst, boy angst, [...]

    4. One of those books I picked up completely on a whim, Family Resemblences seems just about forgotten. On doing a bit of "research" (read: Googling), I found that Pei has kept a low profile since the mid to late 80s, publishing little through official channels, though a great deal is available on his website on a Creative Commons license, including this book and six other novels (!). If I were the ebook kind I'd be sorely tempted.On the surface this seems like a typical summer coming of age story: [...]

    5. Karen is a teenager who has been through it all. She had just recently broke up with her boyfriend and her parent's marriage is on the rocks. In spite all these events Karen goes to spend her summer with her aunt in a Midwestern town where she learns alot about life and love. This book was not the best book I have read but it was good. Im not really into to book that take place in the 50's but this story can apply to any era. I like how the story shows that when there is a loss there is a gain w [...]

    6. This is YA coming of age at its best. I'm pretty sure it's the best YA I've read in 2011, and at the same time the book is literary enough that I'd recommend it to folks who turn up their noses at YA.Do you remember what it felt like the first times you were able to talk to an adult *as* an adult? Coming of age YA books tend to be all about sex --- and that's touched on here --- but the power of this book is broadening the scope of what it means to reach adulthood. The relationship between our y [...]

    7. Another great story, told by a great narrator. Karen, the 15-year-old, narrator/protagonist is at an awkward age, but storytelling doesn't get the best of her. She's emotionally unstable but overly reserved (read: is a teenage girl!), and Pei's deft balance of these two characteristics bring a new viewpoint to the traditional bildungsroman. When Karen is uncomfortable, so is the reader. When Karen is angry, so is the reader. It's not just that we feel for her, we feel along with her. If this wer [...]

    8. A solid coming-of-age novel about a 15 year old girl who leaves Chicago to spend the summer in small town Missouri with her aunt. I found myself weirdly cross-identifying with both the teenage girl and the 30-something aunt. The book occasionally drags, and sometimes the voices and thoughts of the women don't quite ring true, but overall Pei captures that heightened timelessness of the last summer before you start driving, get a job, and really begin to grow up.

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