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A handbook for beautiful people : a novel

Author: Jennifer Spruit
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Inanna Publications, 2017.
Series: Inanna poetry & fiction series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When twenty-two-year-old Marla finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she wishes for a family, but faces precariousness: an uncertain future with her talented, exacting boyfriend, Liam; constant danger from her roommate, Dani, a sometime prostitute and entrenched drug addict; and the unannounced but overwhelming needs of her younger brother, Gavin, whom she has brought home for the first time from deaf school. Forcing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Canadian fiction
Literature
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Spruit, Jennifer, 1982-
Handbook for beautiful people.:
Toronto, Canada : Inanna Publications and Education Inc., [2017] ©2017
(CaOONL)20179053795
(OCoLC)981172616
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Spruit
ISBN: 9781771334464 1771334460 9781771334433 1771334436 9781771334440 1771334444
OCLC Number: 1014441277
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Copyright; Title Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Prologue; 1.; 2.; 3.; 4.; 5.; 6.; 7.; 8.; 9.; 10.; 11.; 12.; 13.; 14.; 15.; 16.; 17.; 18.; Epilogue; Acknowledgements; About the Author
Series Title: Inanna poetry & fiction series.
Responsibility: by Jennifer Spruit.
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When twenty-two-year-old Marla finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she wishes for a family, but faces precariousness: an uncertain future with her talented, exacting boyfriend, Liam; constant danger from her roommate, Dani, a sometime prostitute and entrenched drug addict; and the unannounced but overwhelming needs of her younger brother, Gavin, whom she has brought home for the first time from deaf school. Forcing her hand is Marla's fetal alcohol syndrome, which sets her apart but also carries her through. When Marla loses her job and breaks her arm in a car accident, Liam asks her to marry him. It's what she's been waiting for: a chance to leave Dani, but Dani doesn't take no for an answer. Marla stays strong when her mother shows up drunk, creates her own terms when Dani publicly shames her, and then falls apart when Gavin attempts suicide. It rains, and then pours, and when the Bow River finally overflows, flooding Marla's entire neighbourhood, she is ready to admit that she wants more for her child than she can possibly give right now. Marla's courage to ask for help and keep her mind open transforms everyone around her, cementing her relationships and proving to those who had doubted her that having a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder does not make a person any less noble, wise or caring.

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