Last Things

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Dell, 2000 - Fiction - 264 pages
Grace's father believes in science and builds his daughter a dollhouse with lights that really work. Grace's mother takes her skinny-dipping in the lake and teaches her about African hyena men who devour their wives in their sleep. Grace's world, of fact and fiction, marvels and madness, is slowly unraveling -- because her family is coming apart before her eyes. Now eight-year-old Grace must choose between her two very different, very flawed parents. And the choice will take her on a dizzying journey, away from her home in Vermont to the boozy, flooded streets of New Orleans -- and into the equally wondrous and frightening realm of her own imagination.

With eloquence and compassion, Jenny Offill weaves a luminous story of a wounded family -- and of a young girl yearning to understand the difference between fiction, fact, and hope. Last Things is a stunning achievement -- at once heartbreaking, disturbing, and beautifully told.

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User Review  - jphamilton - LibraryThing

It always curious when you read a fantastic book by a particular author, and then go back and read an older book of theirs. Does it hold up? Is it as good? The short answer is, no, Jenny Offill’s Last ... Read full review

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User Review  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

This is the author's debut, a gentle and sweet voiced story of a very close family and the devastation wreaked when the mom goes off the rails. Grace is a very precocious eight when her adventures ... Read full review


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Jenny Offill is the author of two novels, Dept. of Speculation, which was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times, and Last Things, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Book Award. She teaches in the writing programs at Queens University, Brooklyn College, and Columbia University. 

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