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The Condition A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Jennifer Haigh
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060755792
ISBN-13: 9780060755799
Sku: 209923472
Publish Date: 7/1/2009
Pages:  390
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Devastated by their daughters diagnosis with Turners syndrome, a genetic disorder that prevents her from physically aging past childhood, the McKotches find her difficulties further challenged years later when, well into her thirties but still resembling a young girl, their daughter falls in love. 150,000 first printing. Reprint. *Author: Haigh, Jennifer *Subtitle: A Novel *Publication Date: 2009/07/01 *Number of Pages: 390 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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Devastated by their daughter's diagnosis with Turner's syndrome, a genetic disorder that prevents her from physically aging past childhood, the McKotches find her difficulties further challenged years later when, well into her thirties but still resembling a young girl, their daughter falls in love. 150,000 first printing. Reprint.

In the summer of 1976, during their annual retreat on Cape Cod, the McKotch family came apart. Now, twenty years after daughter Gwen was diagnosed with Turner's syndrome—a rare genetic condition that keeps her trapped forever in the body of a child—eminent scientist Frank McKotch is divorced from his pedigreed wife, Paulette. Eldest son Billy, a successful cardiologist, lives a life built on secrets and compromise. His brother Scott awakened from a pot-addled adolescence to a soul-killing job and a regrettable marriage. And Gwen—bright and accomplished but hermetic and emotionally aloof—spurns all social interaction until, well into her thirties, she falls in love for the first time. With compassion and almost painful astuteness, The Condition explores the power of family mythologies—the self-delusions, denials, and inescapable truths that forever bind fathers and mothers and siblings.

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Gwen McKotch has Turner Syndrome, a condition that prevents her body from going through puberty, cursing her to live forever appearing as a girl. While Gwen is physically stunted, her New England family suffers from emotional dysfunction, and THE CONDITION carefully chronicles the suffering, miscommunications, and personal tragedies of Gwen, her siblings, and her parents.

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[Jennifer] Haigh's characters are layered and authentic....[She demonstrates] an unerring ability to chronicle the ways people delude themselves -- those lies we tell ourselves daily to survive." - Chris Bohjalian 07/13/2008

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0390
Product attributePublisher:   Harper Perennial
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