December (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 17, 2008 - Fiction - 256 pages
15 Reviews
Centered on a young girl who inexplicably stops speaking, December is a riveting and insightful portrait of a family in crisis.Nine months after eleven-year-old Isabelle suddenly fell silent, her parents, Wilson and Ruth, are at their wits' end. And what began as self-protection has spiraled beyond Isabelle's control; she has become trapped in her silence, horrified by the pain she is causing and terrified of losing her old self to this cold young girl she barely recognizes. Isabelle must confront her overwhelming anger and love for her family, a cast of charming yet dangerous characters, and her own fears, before finally finding her voice.
  

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User Review  - CookieDemon - LibraryThing

This novel was leant to me by a friend and the premise of it intrigued me. After recently reading `Breaking the Silence' by Diane Chamberlain (and enjoying it), the notion of selective mutism in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Catherine - Goodreads

I quite enjoyed this book, although I also found it quite frustrating at times, too. This was partly a plot issue and partly an issue with the narrative voice. At times I became impatient with the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
34
Section 3
67
Section 4
90
Section 5
103
Section 6
116
Section 7
135
Section 8
151
Section 9
175
Section 10
192
Section 11
204
Section 12
232
Section 13
240
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About the author (2008)

Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop was born and raised in New York City. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2001. In 2004 she received her MFA in fiction from the University of California at Irvine, and she was the recipient of the Schaeffer Writing Fellowship for the 2004-5 academic year. She is the author of Fireworks. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.

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