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Make Believe (Paperback)

Author:  Joanna Scott
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0316776661
ISBN-13: 9780316776660
Sku: 30675408
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  272
Age Range:  NA
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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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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.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.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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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.

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New York Times Book Review
"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" - Nick Hornby 02/20/2000

Chicago Tribune Books
"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." - Lynna Williams 02/20/2000

New York Times
"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." - Michiko Kakutani 03/07/2000

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0272
Product attributePublisher:   Back Bay Books
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