Make Believe (Paperback)

Author: Scott, Joanna

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When four-year-old Bo is orphaned in the car accident that kills his mother, he becomes the focus of a fierce custody struggle and flees into himself--away from the sea of strangers--where he inhabits an eerie inner landscape.

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Publisher Little Brown & Co
Mfg Part# 9780316776660
SKU 30675408
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0316776661
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Praise
"This will not, I am certain, prove to be Joanna Scott's best book. However, this prediction...[is made] in a spirit of exhilarated anticipation: sooner or later she will write a novel that is both wonderful and flawless, and it will become an early-21st-century classic. In the meantime she will just have to settle for respect, admiration and the enormous pleasure that readers will take from MAKE BELIEVE"
"In the opening pages..., the author establishes that her skillful, and in some ways unexpected, use of point of view will be the novel's dominant fictional element. In blending Bo's 4-year-old perspective with an adult narrative voice that provides information and commentary, and in a variety of ways, Scott prepares us for the novel's intense exposure to the interior lives of the adults who shape, and then control, the child's fate....There is no shortage of event in this novel, some of it highly dramatic. But Scott has also seen to it that the novel's form carries its own drama. The shifting points of view are our kaleidoscope, allowing us to watch disparate elements click into place, forming a complete picture at last."
"The opening sections...are as powerful as anything the gifted Ms. Scott has written. They possess the unsettling intensity of Benjy's interior monologue in Faulkner's SOUND AND THE FURY, immersing the reader in the slip-sliding world of a child's imagination, a world at once egocentric and rudderless, a world of bright, shimmering sensations and fragmentary knowledge....As a custody battle for Bo shapes up, however, Ms. Scott's elliptical narrative inexplicably lapses into stark made-for-TV melodrama....Though there has always been a gothic strain in Ms. Scott's writing..., this venture into family soap opera...stands in stark contrast to the carefully calibrated depiction of the hazards of ordinary life that distinguished the opening half of the book, and it turns the characters into hapless puppets dancing spastically to their creator's whims....In short, a disappointing and stage-managed end to a novel that started off with such subtlety and promise."
From the Publisher
Annotation Little Bo Templin, half black and half white, is orphaned and adopted by his white grandparents who hope to profit from the accident that caused his mother's death. A New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000.
Editors Note Following the tragic death of his parents, four-year-old Bo finds himself enmeshed in a bitter custody battle between two sets of grandparents that sends him fleeing into himself.
Editors Note 2 Following the tragic death of his parents, four-year-old Bo finds himself enmeshed in a bitter custody battle between two sets of grandparents that sends him fleeing into himself. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Editors Note 3 Following the tragic death of his parents, four-year-old Bo finds himself enmeshed in a bitter custody battle between two sets of grandparents that sends him fleeing into himself.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0272
Publisher Back Bay Books
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