Newfangled: A Novel

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Simon & Schuster, 1998 - Fiction - 299 pages
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Maidie's mother has been missing since 1974. When Maidie left her childhood home in the name of Self-Improvement - to make a better life - she left behind a father, two sisters, and an ex-stepmother. She hasn't seen any of them for eleven years. Maidie has one ex-husband in Nebraska and another in Virginia, as well as a host of former neighbors and co-workers who occupy her memory like a Greek chorus. Her psychic baggage alone could fill up a large-size moving van. Just when Maidie is ready to wrench herself free from her latest gig - a job as a curator of Tucson's Museum of Domestic History and Home Economy, a devoted boyfriend, and a cluster of admiring friends - fate intervenes, allowing her the option of rejecting or embracing her disconnected, interrupted past. In Newfangled, a woman who's afraid of knowing anyone very well for very long suddenly finds herself imagining what life would be like if she were to take a chance, to stay.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An incisive, if at times overly complex, view of the disintegration of a modern family—in a first novel from the author of two story collections (A Wild, Cold State, 1995, etc.). Maidie, twice ... Read full review

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The story of Maidie Bonasso's life resembles a kaleidoscope--the imagery is hard-edged yet dazzling, and while the pictures change smoothly, the narrative never settles into one pattern. Maidie has a ... Read full review


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