Milk Emily Hammond

ISBN: 9781579620349

Published: October 24th 2001

Hardcover

196 pages


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Milk  by  Emily Hammond

Milk by Emily Hammond
October 24th 2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 196 pages | ISBN: 9781579620349 | 5.11 Mb

I wake up and remember, begins Theodora Mapes, the quick-witted, endearing narrator of Emily Hammonds first novel. What follows is the story of Theos journey from Colorado to California in search of the truth about her past. Recently separatedMoreI wake up and remember, begins Theodora Mapes, the quick-witted, endearing narrator of Emily Hammonds first novel.

What follows is the story of Theos journey from Colorado to California in search of the truth about her past. Recently separated from her husband and newly pregnant, Theo has come back to California looking for answers, not only about herself, but also about her mother who committed suicide when Theo was a child.

Answers that must include the circumstances of the mysterious death of an infant sister, Charlotte, so many years ago.Why would a baby die? Our father gave the same long explanation each time, about how children in the olden days werent as healthy as you kids now -- and then he would list all the illnesses. Diptheria, scarlet fever, small-pox, influenza, consumption.

I always listened for the name of our sisters disease, wondering what she had, why she had died. Only once did I get up the courage to ask: did Charlotte have diptheria or influenza? No, my father said, looking as solemn as Id ever seen him. Sometimes babies died, he said, died in their sleep.In California, she reconnects with family members, her dottily distant father, the worlds last puritan, her enduring Aunt Lyla, the sister of Theos dead mother, and Theos older brother, Corb, upright and successful, determined to keep the door of their past firmly closed.

Old friends surface, in particular Gregg, a former boyfriend whose sexy and reliable presence offers Theo comfort. But Theo is not yet willing to disclose her pregnancy to him nor to her husband, Jackson, who seeks a reconciliation.Impressively crafted, Milk is a complex story, by turns funny, sad, and inspiring.Award-winning short story writer Emily Hammond examines the bonds that rattle family, past and present.



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