Up from the Blue
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Up from the Blue

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"Elegant and engrossing....Henderson is a talent to watch."

--Danielle Trussoni, author of Angelology

"This is not a book you'll soon forget."

--Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

The gripping debut novel from Litpark.com founder and Pushcart Prize-nominee Susan Henderson, Up From the Blue is a dazzling tour de force that unfolds against the backdrop of 1970s America--a tumultuous era of desegregation, school busing, and the early rise of modern-day feminism. The story of an imaginative young girl struggling to make sense of her mother's mysterious disappearance, Up From the Blue is enthralling fiction that delves into complex family relationships, in the vein of Jennifer McMahon, Katrina Kittle, and Laura Kasischke.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • HarperPaperbacks
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061984035
  • 9780061984037
  • 588,744

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Tillie Harris's life is in disarray--her husband is away on business, the boxes in her new home aren't unpacked, and the telephone isn't even connected yet. Though she's not due for another month, sudden labor pains force Tillie to reach out to her estranged father for help, a choice that means facing the painful memories she's been running from since she was a little girl.

An extraordinary debut from a talented new voice, Up from the Blue untangles the year in Tillie's life that changed everything: 1975, the year her mother disappeared.
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Review quote

"Henderson beautifully portrays this family in crisis through its most voluble and consistent member. Rapturous prose reveals young Tillie's heart as she yearns for the mother who will make her world better but who can't seem to mend her own tortured soul. A triumphant debut."--Library Journal
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Rating details

2,375 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 24% (564)
4 41% (978)
3 28% (660)
2 6% (140)
1 1% (33)
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