The Secret (Paperback)

Author: Hoffman, Eva

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Iris Surrey has a secret.
Iris Surrey "is a secret.
An only child, Iris lives with her mother in a rambling house in a small midwestern town. Her mother is everything: provider, confidante, friend. But at seventeen, Iris begins to question their nearly symbiotic relationship--and the noticeable lack of others in their sheltered world. Where is Iris's father? Where are her grandparents? What is her mother keeping from her? When she stumbles upon the explosive truth, Iris begins a monumental journey of self-discovery--one that will throw everything she has ever known into turmoil.

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Publisher Random House
Mfg Part# 9780345465368
SKU 35237624
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0345465369
Release Date 4/23/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5L x 0.75T
Praise
"The plot--young girl grows up and struggles to find her own identity--is familiar, but in most examples the writer reflects upon the reality we know, not the one we imagine. This gives Hoffman's characters their ambiguity. They are and they are not like us....A brave venture for a writer whose known and acknowledged forte has been her ability to study and convey the historical moment....First as a Jew in Poland, then as an immigrant in the US, Hoffman learned how the outsider can appear and be made to feel a monster and what adjustments, at what sacrifice, have to be made to finally belong to and be accepted by society. In THE SECRET it is not history that has created such a situation, but science. Whatever the cause, she understands the situation and gives us an account of it that is affecting."
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Annotation A few years in the future, the heroine of Hoffman's novel seeks to track down the true facts of her birth. A New York Times Notable Book for 2002.
Editors Note Iris Surrey has a secret.Iris Surrey is a secret.An only child, Iris lives with her mother in a rambling house in a small midwestern town. Her mother is everything: provider, confidante, friend. But at seventeen, Iris begins to question their nearly symbiotic relationship—and the noticeable lack of others in their sheltered world. Where is Iris’s father? Where are her grandparents? What is her mother keeping from her? When she stumbles upon the explosive truth, Iris begins a monumental journey of self-discovery—one that will throw everything she has ever known into turmoil.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0272
Publisher Ballantine Books

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