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Look Inside | Teacher’s Guide
Feb 03, 1998
| ISBN 9780679769446
Feb 16, 2011
| ISBN 9780307766151
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Feb 03, 1998 | ISBN 9780679769446
Feb 16, 2011 | ISBN 9780307766151
A touching novel about girls and their mothers, sibling rivalry and kinship, and the mysterious tug between love and antagonism that lies at the heart of every family. The year Tilden turns twelve, her mother, Frances, falls in love and moves the family north. Soon the watchful, wise Tilden and her rebellious younger sister, Elizabeth, are navigating a new household amidst the awkward and alluring terrain of adolescence. But when Frances suddenly discovers a lump in her breast, her daughters must confront the unpredictablility of her illness. With heartbreak and humor, these characters exposes a world of secrets and learn to survive in the face of life’s contradictions. This moving, emotionally stirring debut novel will appeal to fans of Anna Quidlen’s One True Thing and Mona Simpson’s Anywhere But Here. Funny, haunting, and unflinchingly truthful on every page, What Girls Learn is a book that will be read–and cherished– for years to come.
radiant debut novel, What Girls Learn takes readers on an intimate and haunting journey into the landscape of girlhood and the complex terrain of the family. Wise, bittersweet, and above all intensely human, this astonishingly powerful novel enchants readers with its humor and insight even as it breaks their hearts.
Karin Cook graduated from Vassar College and the Creative Writing Program at New York University. An activist and health educator, she currently lives and works in New York City where she is the development office at The Door, a multiservice… More about Karin Cook
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