Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, a MemoirPaperback
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- Publisher: BACK BAY BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 23mm | 272g
- Publication date: 6 August 2013
- ISBN 10: 0316400602
- ISBN 13: 9780316400602
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 530,769
In the tradition of Jo Ann Beard's "Boys of My Youth," and Mary Karr's"The" "Liar's Club," Paula McLain has written a powerful and haunting memoir about the years she and her two sisters spent as foster children. In the early 70s, after being abandoned by both parents, the girls were made wards of the Fresno County, California court and spent the next 14 years-in a series of adoptive homes. The dislocations, confusions, and odd pleasures of an unrooted life form the basis of a captivating memoir. McLain's beautiful writing and limber voice capture the intense loneliness, sadness, and determination of a young girl both on her own and responsible, with her siblings, for staying together as a family.
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Paula McLain, author of the bestselling novel "The Paris Wife," received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996. Her other books include two volumes of poems, "Less of Her "and "Stumble, Gorgeous," and the novel "A Ticket to Ride." She teaches in the MFA Program in Poetry at New England College, and lives with her family in Cleveland.