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Queen for a day : a novel in stories

Author: Maxine Rosaler
Publisher: Encino, CA : Delphinium Books, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The reader knows by page one of Queen for a Day that Mimi Slavitt's three-year-old son is autistic, but if anyone told her, she wouldn't listen, because she doesn't want to know--until at last Danny's behavior becomes so strange even she can't ignore it. After her son's diagnosis Mimi finds herself in a world nearly as isolating as her son's. It is a world she shares only with mothers like herself, women chosen  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maxine Rosaler
ISBN: 9781883285753 1883285755
OCLC Number: 1030279254
Description: 248 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Sleepwalking boy --
The story of Annie Sullivan --
Yolanda --
Two mothers --
Queen for a day --
This time next year --
Route 94 --
The bike path --
The boy who lived on a desert island --
A sample boy --
The red cart.
Responsibility: Maxine Rosaler.

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"The reader knows by page one of Queen for a Day that Mimi Slavitt's three-year-old son is autistic, but if anyone told her, she wouldn't listen, because she doesn't want to know--until at last Danny's behavior becomes so strange even she can't ignore it. After her son's diagnosis Mimi finds herself in a world nearly as isolating as her son's. It is a world she shares only with mothers like herself, women chosen against their will for lives of sacrifice and martyrdom. Searching for miracles, begging for the help of heartless bureaucracies while arranging every minute of every day for children who can never be left alone, they exist in a state of perpetual crisis, normal life always just out of reach. In chapters told from Mimi's point of view and theirs, we meet these women, each a conflicted, complex character totally unsuited for sainthood and dreaming of the day she can just walk away. Taking its title from the 1950s reality TV show in which the contestants, housewives living lives filled with pain and suffering, competed with each other for deluxe refrigerators and sets of stainless steel silverware, Queen for a Day portrays a group of imperfect women living under enormous pressure. Rosaler tells their story in ironic, precise and vivid prose, with dark humor and insight born of first-hand experience"--Jacket flap.

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