Failure to Zigzag: A Novel

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Counterpoint Press, 2000 - Fiction - 329 pages
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Finally back in print, Jane Vandenburgh's brilliant debut-startlingly idiosyncratic, intelligent, funny, and painfully moving . It's southern California in the early Sixties, and Charlotte is a teenager, which is bad enough. She also has strange grandparents, with whom she lives, a schizophrenic ventriloquist alcoholic mother who appears and disappears regularly from her life, and only vague information about the father who died before Charlotte was born.With so much craziness in the family, Charlotte figures, whether it's nature or nurture, she's doomed. In Failure to Zigzag, Jane Vandenburgh gracefully zigzags between hilarity and sorrow as she recounts Charlotte's attempts to grow up and to practice sanity as a form of revenge.
 

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Contents

Section 1
Section 2
21
Section 3
42
Section 4
52
Section 5
67
Section 6
87
Section 7
99
Section 8
119
Section 12
182
Section 13
196
Section 14
214
Section 15
229
Section 16
245
Section 17
257
Section 18
269
Section 19
287

Section 9
143
Section 10
157
Section 11
170
Section 20
297
Section 21
315
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