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The Resource The Children's Crusade

The Children's Crusade

Label
The Children's Crusade
Title
The Children's Crusade
Statement of responsibility
Ann Packer
Title variation
childrens crusade
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Ann Packer, a "tour de force family drama" (Elle) that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.Bill Blair finds the land by accident, three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco. The year is 1954, long before anyone will call this area Silicon Valley. Struck by a vision of his future family, Bill buys the property and proposes to Penny Greenway, a woman whose yearning attitude toward life appeals to him. In less than a decade they have four children. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife, overwhelmed and undersatisfied, chafing at the conventions confining her. Years later, the three oldest Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence sets off a struggle over the family's future. One by one, they tell their stories, which reveal Packer's "great compassion for her characters, with their ancient injuries, their blundering desires. The way she tangles their perspectives perfectly, painfully captures the tumult of selves within a family" (MORE Magazine). Reviewers have praised Ann Packer's "brilliant ear for character" (The New York Times Book Review) and her "naturalist's vigilance for detail, so that her characters seem observed rather than invented" (The New Yorker). Her talents are on dazzling display in The Children's Crusade, "an absorbing novel that celebrates family even as it catalogs its damages" (People, Book of the Week). This is a "superb storyteller" (San Francisco Chronicle), Ann Packer's most deeply affecting book yet, "tragic and utterly engrossing" (O, The Oprah Magazine)
Summary
When their younger sibling returns, the three oldest Blair children find their lives disrupted in ways they could have never imagined as they each tell their story that is interwoven with portraits of their family at crucial points in their history
Storyline
Tone
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10405190
Cataloging source
BT
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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Target audience
adult
Label
The Children's Crusade
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:745403e9-63c8-42c4-a27d-7c86fbcef55e
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781476710471
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Children's Crusade
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:745403e9-63c8-42c4-a27d-7c86fbcef55e
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781476710471
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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      5111 Jessamine, Bellaire, TX, 77401, US
      29.701745 -95.469561
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