Hand Me Down World

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Knopf Canada, Jun 7, 2011 - Missing children - 320 pages
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From the author of the beloved, bestselling Mister Pip: a novel about a mother's search for her stolen child. A novel you can't stop thinking about.

A woman washes up on a beach in Sicily. She has come from Tunisia to find her son, taken from her when he was just days old and stolen away to Berlin. With nothing but her maid's uniform and a homemade knife stashed in a plastic bag, she relies on strangers -- some generous, some malevolent -- to guide her passage north. These strangers tell of their encounters with her, building her story in fragments of memory, prejudice and sentiment into a moving work of sacrifice and love. Hand Me Down World tells an epic story about the courage of a mother, the versions of truth to which we accommodate our lives, and love's ultimate power to redeem us.
 

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This is a story about a woman whose child is stolen from her by his father. With few resources, she leaves her home in Tunisia and travel to Berlin to find her son. The story is told in a unique way ... Read full review

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A young African woman who gives birth only to have her son heartlessly taken from her undertakes an unbelievable journey to Germany to find her child. Along the way she meets helpers and heartlessness ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
20
Section 2
26
Section 3
30
Section 4
36
Section 5
40
Section 6
76
Section 7
90
Section 8
106
Section 16
201
Section 17
209
Section 18
217
Section 19
223
Section 20
228
Section 21
247
Section 22
258
Section 23
263

Section 9
122
Section 10
133
Section 11
158
Section 12
165
Section 13
174
Section 14
181
Section 15
187
Section 24
271
Section 25
279
Section 26
287
Section 27
291
Section 28
303
Section 29
314
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About the author (2011)

Lloyd Jones was born in New Zealand in 1955. His best-known works include Mister Pip, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, The Book of Fame, winner of numerous literary awards, Biografi, Choo Woo, Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance, Paint Your Wife and the short-story collection The Man in the Shed. He lives in Wellington.

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