Broken as Things Are: A Novel

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Macmillan, Aug 12, 2004 - Fiction - 293 pages
6 Reviews
"A sensitive Southern tale of weirdly imaginative children and hapless adults. Ms. Witt has staked out a territory somewhere between Harper Lee and Flannery O'Connor." -E. L. Doctorow

From the day that Morgan Lee is born, her extraordinarily beautiful and withdrawn older brother, Ginx, is obsessed by her. As Aunt Lois recalls: "Ginx thought you belonged to him Morgan Lee. He would sit on our big couch right there in his sailor's suit and hold on to you for dear life . . . He didn't speak normal till he was five, then-bang-one day he's just talking away in complete sentences. But he wouldn't say, 'I.' He said 'we,' meaning you and him."

Inhabiting their own parallel world, the two communicate through a secret language and make-believe stories; when Morgan Lee begins to explore friendships beyond their closed circle, however, Ginx becomes increasingly disturbed. In luminous prose, Martha Witt explores the intense and private world inhabited by these siblings and the inevitable and necessary pain of their separation.
  

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Review: Broken as Things Are: A Novel

User Review  - Wendy O'connell - Goodreads

Broken as Things Are is by far the best book I've read all year! And normally I try to read three to four good size books a month, although books like Broken as Things Are might present a problem to ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
45
Section 3
49
Section 4
57
Section 5
59
Section 6
76
Section 7
106
Section 8
115
Section 11
150
Section 12
194
Section 13
234
Section 14
238
Section 15
245
Section 16
275
Section 17
278
Section 18
291

Section 9
129
Section 10
140
Section 19
294
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Martha Witt grew up in Hillsborough, North Carolina. She received her M.A. in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, and an M.F.A. in fiction writing at New York University, where she was a New York Times Fellow. Currently, she lives in New York City. Broken As Things Are is her first novel.

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