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    DescriptionIt's 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. "Confused today," read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know--what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev. Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War--those were solid things. But after that, did she marry Mark or not? Did her friends all call her Trish, or Pat? Had she been a housewife who escaped a terrible marriage after her children were grown, or a successful travel writer with homes in Britain and Italy? And the moon outside her window: does it host a benign research station, or a command post bristling with nuclear missiles? Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs. Jo Walton's "My Real Children" is the tale of both of Patricia Cowan's lives...and of how every life means the entire world.​


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    Title
    My Real Children
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jo Walton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780765332653
    ISBN 10: 0765332655
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: SCI
    DC21: 823.914
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.2
    BIC subject category V2: FL
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11300
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 823/.914
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 80
    Ingram Subject Code: FS
    Libri: I-FS
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 720
    B&T Approval Code: A23440000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A25865000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC028000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PR6073.A448 M9 2014
    Publisher
    Tor Books
    Imprint name
    Tor Books
    Publication date
    20 May 2014
    Author Information
    JO WALTON won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002, and the World Fantasy Award for her novel "Tooth and Claw" in 2004. Her several other novels include the acclaimed Small Change alternate-history trilogy, comprising "Farthing, Ha'penny, "and "Half a Crown. "Her novel "Among Others" won the Hugo and Nebula Awards in 2012. She blogs at papersky.livejournal.com and as a columnist on Tor.com. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.
    Review quote
    "My Real Children has as much in common with an Alice Munro story as it does with, say, Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle . Good novels show us a character's destiny as an expression of who they fundamentally are. What most novels do only once, "My Real Children" does twice.""--"Lev Grossman ""My Real Children" starts quietly, then suddenly takes you on two roller-coaster rides at once, swooping dizzily through a double panorama and ending in a sort of super "Sophie's Choice." A daring tour de force.""--"Ursula K. Le Guin "Such a wise book, about sweetness in sorrow, without any sentiment... It's easy to write a sad book, but this one uplifts and sweetens even as it tears your heart to pieces. Astounding work, even by Walton's incredibly high standards.""--"Cory Doctorow "It amazes me a little, the ease with which such a quiet tale and such spare prose managed to engage my brain, boil my blood, and-- ultimately-- break my heart. Thank you, Ms. Walton, for showing me how it's done."--Peter Watts "A dizzying array of astonishments unfolding, a Chinese box of surprises. Once started, it is extraordinarily difficult to put this book down, even for dinner, even for bed.""--"Jane Yolen "Jo Walton is inimitable... This book is heartbreaking and hilarious, finding profundity in the most minute personal details and individual meaning in the largest events.""--"Pamela Dean "An achingly beautiful book... After you read the last page, you will never be able to see any history, yours or the world's, in quite the same way.""--"Susan Palwick "Breathtakingly good! I really didn't want it to end, but I had to keep turning pages to see how it came out. A novel for grown-ups, even ones who think they 'don't like science fiction.""--" Ellen Kushner "A wonderfully absorbing book...The characters are very real, the plot as complex as origami, the theme timeless. I lost sleep reading it, and dreamed about it when I did