Another Life Altogether

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Doubleday Canada, Limited, Feb 23, 2010 - Coming out (Sexual orientation) - 416 pages
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A profoundly moving, heartrending story of a girl's struggle to love her mother in spite of her frightening mental illness

After years of living in the shadow of her mother's mental illness, thirteen-year-old Jesse Bennett is given a fresh chance at happiness when her family moves to a village near the coast of Northern England. But just when it seems Jesse might be able to build a new life, her mother's worsening mental state and the secret Jesse fiercely guards about herself threaten to destroy the fragile stability she has found. Caught in the tempest of her mother's moods, her father's desperation, and the cruel social hierarchies ruling her school life, Jesse is forced to choose between doing what's right and preserving the normal life she's always hoped for.

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User Review  - pioneercynthia - LibraryThing

This astonishing novel was like anything I've ever read before. It would be easy to peg it as a coming-of-age novel, but it's so much more than than. The dual difficulties of family mental illness and ... Read full review

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User Review  - icedream - LibraryThing

This story of Jesse, a thirteen year old girl in England, who is growing up with a mother that is suffering from a mental illness and who is facing personal decisions about her own sexuality. I ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

ELAINE BEALE is the winner of the 2007 Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange Contest. Originally from England, Beale studied creative writing at the University of British Columbia. She has lived in California for twenty years.

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