When We Were Romans

When We Were Romans

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Nine-year-old Lawrence watches protectively over his mother and little sister, especially when, feeling endangered by their estranged father, his mother decides the three of them must leave their life in England to seek refuge in Rome.
Published: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed. in the U.S.A.
ISBN: 9780385526258
0385526253
9780385524339
0385524331
Branch Call Number: F KNE
Characteristics: 224 p. ;,22 cm.

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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 19, 2014

This compelling story is narrated by a nine-year-old hero who valiantly tries to hold his little family together as his mother becomes more and more unstable. Lawrence has fascinations appropriate for his age - Roman emperors (I learned quite a bit about Nero from him), outer space and his hamster. Convincingly childlike, he also steps up to the challenges thrust upon him. I couldn’t turn away from the story as I rooted for this charming boy on that fascinating edge of childhood, just before adolescence plunges him into a more adult and less trusting worldview.

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Aug 18, 2009

intriguing, though maybe a little simplistic

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