Lay It on My Heart

Lay It on My Heart

Paperback - 2014
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"This piercing, sly debut novel tells the story of one unforgettable month in a Kentucky girl's thirteenth year. Charmaine Peake's prophet father has been committed to a psychiatric institution. Her mother, forced to rent out their house and move them down to a trailer on the river, won't stop telling Charmaine things she doesn't want to hear--from marital details and middle-aged doubts to uncomfortable preoccupations with Charmaine's changing body. A sanctimonious missionary kid has taken over her real bedroom, where Charmaine discovers his stash of strange and questionable photos. She is being tested at every turn: Where will her choices take her? And her faith? She tries to pray ceaselessly as her father taught, but with so much upheaval, even God seems to have changed. Like the beloved Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Lay It on My Heart unleashes Southern humor on the effects of a parent's mental illness. It brings us into the heart of a family weathering the toughest patch in their lives. But most of all, it marks out the seemingly unbearable realities of adolescence and the power that comes from discovering--and accepting--who you are. A moving, hilarious portrayal of the relationship between mothers and daughters, this book fulfills Angela Pneuman's promise as "one of the most astonishingly talented writers today"(Julie Orringer)"--
Published: Boston, MA :, Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780151012589
Branch Call Number: F PNE
Characteristics: 269 pages ;,21 cm


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Nov 21, 2014

What a gifted writer! She speaks to the heart and takes you back to your own memories of seventh grade.


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Nov 22, 2014

(pg. 261) "I'm getting the idea that every person on earth is their own black hole, and if you get too close, you get sucked in. Meanness can pull you close, just like love does, but once you're there, once you see what's inside, you've hit a point of no return and you've got to carry it all, dense as a brick, heavy on your heart."


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