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Elegies for the brokenhearted : a novel

Author: Christie Hodgen
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Who are the people you'll never forget? For Mary Murphy, there are five: A skirt-chasing, car-racing uncle with whiskey breath and a three-day beard. A "walking joke, a sitting duck, a fish in a barrel" named Elwood LePoer. A dirt-poor college roommate who conceals an unbearable secret. A failed piano prodigy lost in middle age. A beautiful mother haunted by her once-great aspirations.In five quirky elegies to lost  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christie Hodgen
ISBN: 9780393061406 039306140X
OCLC Number: 449865141
Description: 271 p. ; 22 cm.
Responsibility: Christie Hodgen.

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Deep, dark, and beautiful, Christie Hodgen s story of a fabulously flawed family reads like a quintessentially American tale.... The generational cast of quirky, yet completely believable characters, Read more...

 
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