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    DescriptionJessica Speight, a young anthropology student in 1960s London, is at the beginning of a promising academic career when an affair with her married professor turns her into a single mother. Anna is a pure gold baby with a delightful sunny nature. But as it becomes clear that Anna will not be a normal child, the book circles questions of responsibility, potential, even age, with Margaret Drabble's characteristic intelligence, sympathy, and wit. Drabble once wrote, "Family life itself, that safest, most traditional, most approved of female choices, is not a sanctuary; it is, perpetually, a dangerous place." Told from the point of view of the group of mothers who surround Jess, "The Pure Gold Baby" is a brilliant, prismatic novel that takes us into that place with satiric verve, trenchant commentary, and a movingly intimate story of the unexpected transformations at the heart of motherhood.


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    Title
    The Pure Gold Baby
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Margaret Drabble
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780544158900
    ISBN 10: 0544158903
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    DC22: 823/.914
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    BISAC V2.8: FIC045000, FIC044000
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    B&T Approval Code: P25100000
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    B&T Approval Code: P25102501
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
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    LC classification: PR6054.R25 P87 2013
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
    Imprint name
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
    Publication date
    01 October 2013
    Review quote
    "Achingly wise...Lamenting and steely, gentled by compassion. Admirers of Marilynne Robinson will find themselves very much at home in this book." --"Wall Street Journal" "Moving and meditative...I found a kind of somber bravery in the story of this unwavering, intelligent woman and her guileless and beautiful child. I'm so glad that Margaret Drabble, like her characters, just decided to keep on going." --Meg Wolitzer, NPR's "All Things Considered" "Feelings of age, of history, and of hindsight permeate the book...The novel's true preoccupation is social history, and it powerfully evokes the changes of recent decades." --"The New Yorker"""The Pure Gold Baby "is a closely observed group portrait of female friends, a patient insight into the joys and pains of motherhood, and an image of how society has changed and how it has not." --"Harper's " "It is a testament to the intensity and skill of Drabble's writing that part of this novel's suspense has to do with our waiting for definitions, diagnoses, and certainties that are never offered; and that part of our satisfaction lies in our acceptance that they cannot be...These are characteristic Drabble maneuvers: to take us all the way to death and madness and then back, to life defiant and friendship itself defying time by living fully within it." --"The New York Review of Books""Insightful and wise, "The Pure Gold Baby" chronicles the deep challenges of parenting under any circumstances -- yet it also captures the almost unbearable vulnerability of being human." --"Boston Globe"""The Pure Gold Baby "is as deep as it is wide: resonant, recursive and contemplative." --"The Kansas City Star" ""The Pure Gold Baby" is an unexpected gift from a great author. How do we treat the child who walks among us in a different way than most? In Margaret Drabble's hands the answer is with a depth of empathy few master." --Alice Sebold, author of "The Lovely Bones" "Margaret Drabble has written a compelling portrait of a mother w