Hand Me Down: A Novel

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Penguin, Apr 12, 2012 - Fiction - 336 pages
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A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2012

Hand Me Down, which recalls the gritty power of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, is fiction with the ring of truth.” –San Jose Mercury News

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Reid has spent her life protecting her sister, Jaime, from their parents’ cruel mistakes and broken promises. When their mother chooses her second husband and their new family over raising her firstborn girls, Elizabeth and Jaime are separated and risk losing the shelter of each other. Hand Me Down indelibly captures a contemporary family journey--how two young people, against incredible odds, forge lives of their own in the face of an uncertain future.

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User Review  - bookworm_naida - LibraryThing

Hand Me Down was a difficult and emotional book to get through. At the heart of this novel is fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Reid who is trying to survive as best she can in the dysfunction she is being ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joy Humphrey - Book Verdict

Having survived for years living with an alcoholic father, 14-year-old Liz and her younger sister, Jaime, must now endure life with their mother's new husband, Terrance, a sex offender just out of ... Read full review



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About the author (2012)

Melanie Thorne earned her MA in creative writing from the University of California, Davis, where she was awarded the Alva Englund Fellowship and the Maurice Prize in Fiction. She lives in northern California.

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