Windfalls: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2007 - Fiction - 368 pages
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The acclaimed author of Into the Forest mines our fears and explores our capacity to love in this epic tale of modern motherhood.
Young and pregnant, Cerise and Anna make very different decisions about how to direct their lives. While teenaged Cerise struggles to support herself and her young daughter, Anna finishes college, marries, and later gives birth to two daughters of her own. After the birth of her second child, a tragic accident tears Cerise's life apart, and she loses her already tenuous position in society. As the story progresses--and Cerise's and Anna's lives interweave and inexorably approach each other--both women are dramatically, forever changed. Unforgettable, awe-inspiring, and grippingly honest, Windfalls is a daring and mesmerizing tale.

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In Hegland's second novel (after Into the Forest, a best-selling sf apocalypse tale), the lives of two women fatefully intersect after running parallel for years. Both Anna and Cerise become ... Read full review

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This was a good story. It follows the story of two young girls who both get pregnant, but make different decisions about what to do. It's interesting to follow the story of both girls and see how their lives turn out in the wake of their decisions. Read full review

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Page v - Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes forever the precise and transitory instant. We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory.
Page v - Most of the literature of infant care and psychology has assumed that the process toward individuation is essentially the child's drama, played out against and with a parent or parents who are, for better or worse, givens. Nothing could have prepared me for the realization that I was a mother, one of those givens, when I knew I was still in a state of uncreation myself."10 That is Adrienne Rich's testimony; the feelings it describes are not unique to her.
Page v - ... heard the executioners sing joyfully. You should praise the mutilated world. Remember the moments when we were together in a white room and the curtain fluttered. Return in thought to the concert where music flared. You gathered acorns in the park in autumn and leaves eddied over the earth's scars. Praise the mutilated world and the gray feather a thrush lost, and the gentle light that strays and vanishes and returns.
Page 2 - The door at the far end of the waiting room opened. A nurse stood on the threshold and glanced at the manila folder she held. "Anna Walters?

About the author (2007)

Jean Hegland lives in northern California with her husband and three children. Windfalls is her second novel.

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