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Author: Lesley Glaister
Publisher: New York : Atheneum : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"With her first two novels - the prize-winning Honour Thy Father and Trick or Treat - Lesley Glaister has won the praise of reviewers in both England and America. Now, with her third novel in an astonishing three years, she has delivered her most ambitious book yet, one possessed of all her wit, keenly observant eye, and penchant for the domestic macabre that should gain for her a large, even more enthusiastic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lesley Glaister
ISBN: 0689121628 9780689121623
OCLC Number: 26403410
Description: 214 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Lesley Glaister.

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Young Jennifer's small world is thrown completely topsy-turvy by sudden revelations about her own and her family's past. Seeking escape, Jennifer is about to undergo her own adventures in a  Read more...

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