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The Third Child (Paperback)

Author:  Marge Piercy
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060936037
ISBN-13: 9780060936037
Sku: 36503321
Publish Date: 4/23/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  342
 

Under her mother''s constant scrutiny and lost in the shadow of her famous senator father, Melissa is the third child in the politically prominent Dickenson family, where ambition comes first and Melissa often comes last. In college, she meets Blake, a man of mixed race and apparently unknown parentage. His adoptive parents are lawyers whose defense of death-row cases in the past brought them head-to-head with Melissa''s father when he was the governor of Pennsylvania.

While Melissa and Blake''s attraction is immediate and fiery, a dangerous secret lurks beneath their relationship -- one that could destroy them ... and their families.

Provocative and beautifully written, and dealing with themes of love, honesty, identity, and the consequences of ambition, The Third Child is a remarkable page-turner.

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Under her mother's constant scrutiny and lost in the shadow of her famous senator father, Melissa is the third child in the politically prominent Dickenson family, where ambition comes first and Melissa often comes last. In college, she meets Blake, a man of mixed race and apparently unknown parentage. His adoptive parents are lawyers whose defense of death-row cases in the past brought them head-to-head with Melissa's father when he was the governor of Pennsylvania.

While Melissa and Blake's attraction is immediate and fiery, a dangerous secret lurks beneath their relationship -- one that could destroy them ... and their families.

Provocative and beautifully written, and dealing with themes of love, honesty, identity, and the consequences of ambition, The Third Child is a remarkable page-turner.

Under her mother's constant scrutiny and lost in the shadow of her famous senator father, Melissa is the third child in the politically prominent Dickenson family, where ambition comes first and Melissa often comes last. In college, she meets Blake, a man of mixed race and apparently unknown parentage. His adoptive parents are lawyers whose defense of death-row cases in the past brought them head-to-head with Melissa's father when he was the governor of Pennsylvania.

While Melissa and Blake's attraction is immediate and fiery, a dangerous secret lurks beneath their relationship -- one that could destroy them ... and their families.

Provocative and beautifully written, and dealing with themes of love, honesty, identity, and the consequences of ambition, The Third Child is a remarkable page-turner.

Feeling left out in her family of ambitious achievers, Melissa Dickinson hopes to escape her mother's relentless scrutiny when she enters college and falls in love with the son of her father's political adversary.
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Melissa Dickenson has been raised in a world of WASP privilege: her father is a senator, her mother lives to fuel his presidential ambitions. In college, she is exposed to another world, as a tutor in an inner-city program and as the girlfriend of racially mixed Blake Ackerman. But Blake has a political ax to grind: Melissa's father may be responsible for the wrongful execution of Blake's father, and it may be revenge he has in mind as much as romance....
Author Bio
Marge Piercy
Marge Piercy was born at the height of the Depression. One of her grandfathers was a union organizer who was murdered for his activist efforts; her maternal grandmother was the daughter of a rabbi, and Piercy was raised as a Jew, though her father was Presbyterian. Piercy was a sickly child, first with a serious case of German measles, then with rheumatic fever; her imaginative, storytelling family, however, always encouraged her to read, and as an invalid she immersed herself in books. At 17 she was a scholarship student at the University of Michigan--the first in her family to go to college; she traveled to France with her first husband on a grant after graduation, then received an M.A. from Northeastern where she had a fellowship. When her marriage broke up, she moved to Chicago and attempted to become a writer; unable to find a publisher for her fiction, she worked as an artist's model, a clerk, and a switchboard operator to support herself. It was then that she became involved in the civil rights movement, and her writing took on a political slant. Married again in 1962, Piercy became increasingly active in the anti-Vietnam War protests and the women's movement, and was a member of SDS. By 1967 she was suffering from poor health, but her first volume of poems, BREAKING CAMP, came out in 1968. In 1971, after moving to Wellfleet, on Cape Cod, Piercy's health improved, and so did her life in general. She became passionately interested in gardening, and she continued to publish poetry as well as her first successful novel, SMALL CHANGES (1973). Her second marriage, however, failed. She married her third husband in 1982, and considers Cape Cod to be her permanent home. In both her prose and her poetry, Piercy remains a relentlessly political writer; much of her later work reflects her Jewish heritage. However, she is also a celebrant of small domestic pleasures, and in most of her books her lifelong love of cats comes through.

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Product attributePublisher:   Harper Perennial
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