Child of My Heart

Child of My Heart

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On the cusp of fifteen, pretty Theresa is the town's most sought-after babysitter - cheerful, beloved, adored by children and animals, but also a solitary soul with an already complex understanding of human nature. She is Titania among her fairies, the one person to call on for help with a child in extreme distress. Theresa does not doubt her power over the fathers of her adoring charges either, whose potential lechery Theresa toys with like a kitten with yarn. Yet during this unforgettable summer, it is her cousin Daisy, a frail little creature with glittery shoes and worrying bruises that don't heal, in whom Theresa invests her greatest love. Infused with suppressed passion, disappointment, and enduring hope, Alice McDermott's wonderful new novel reveals a world seen afresh through the eyes of an utterly seductive girl.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747568227
  • 9780747568223
  • 942,340

About Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott is the author of four novels. She lives with her family outside Washington, D.C.show more

Review quote

'A beautiful novel' Sunday Times 'McDermott's elegant, understated prose slips down like a cool, refreshing drink' Sunday Telegraph 'Beautifully written fiction ... an Irish-American Anne Tyler' Washington Post 'CHILD OF MY HEART is a remarkably poised and provocative work ... uplifting, enchanting ... the story is so authentic: you'll return refreshed and ready to look your tired adult's world with new eyes' Observershow more

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2,349 ratings
3.49 out of 5 stars
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4 35% (819)
3 35% (825)
2 11% (258)
1 3% (74)
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