Not the End of the World

Not the End of the World

eBook - 2013
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Not the End of the World signals the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary American fiction. In much the same way that Kaye Gibbons burst upon the growing literary scene with her first novel about growing up, Ellen Foster , so has Rebecca Stowe, who has already been compared to Carson McCullers and J. D. Salinger. She gives us a painful and hilarious first-personal novel of a bright, troubled girl that captures, as perhaps no other book does, the angst-ridden childhood of many a woman of the Baby Boom generation.

Living in affluent North Bay, Michigan, in the early 1960s, in a house with its own beach, Maggie Pittsfield (daughter of Robert "Sweet is My Middle Name" Pittsfield, owner of a local candy factory) is twelve years old. Unique for her corrosive perspicacity and weird precociousness, she is already deeply depressed and alienated . . . from the eccentricity of her family, the sexual perversity of her school, and the nightmarish banality of her mates. "'It's a wonder you have any friends.' Mother used to say when I still had some. 'You must become a different person when you leave the house.' Actually, I was six different people . . . Grandmother said I was possessed by the devil and unless we got him out by my thirteenth birthday, my soul would be lost forever, at least what was left of it. . . ."

In Not the End of the World Rebecca Store render's Maggie's splintered personality and formidable aggression, which threatens to implode in tragedy, with painful precision and humor.
Publisher: Pantheon Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780307832160
0307832163
Call Number: EBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: 176 p
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360

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