A Novel

Book - 2014
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"It was probably because I was so often taken away from Cambridge when I was young that I loved it as much as I did . . ." 

London, Florence, Athens: Susanna, a precocious young girl growing up in 1950s Cambridge ,  would rather be home than in any of these places. Uprooted from the streets around Harvard Square, she feels lost and excluded in all the far-flung cities to which her father's career takes the family. She always comes home with relief--but soon enough wonders if outsiderness may be her permanent condition.
        Written with a sharp eye for the pretensions--and charms--of the intellectual classes, Cambridge captures the mores of an era now past, the ordinary lives of extraordinary people in a singular part of America, and the ways we can--and cannot--go home.

Publisher: Random House Inc, 2014
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345805942
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 22 cm


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brenstuhl4456 Jun 03, 2014

I enjoyed this book, however it was not a book that caught my attention in the beginning. The underlining message of the novel was not an easily revealed message. The novel made you think, which in the end was quite thought provoking. I enjoyed that in the end.

Bierlingen Jun 02, 2014

A slow but amusing telling of Susanna Kaysen's privileged childhood. Have not read any of her other books so cannot compare

May 26, 2014

An exploration of childhood experience as the narrator remembers growing up and moving from place to place with her academic parents. Well written and enjoyable, this is a good vacation read for literary fiction fans looking for something a little lighter -- it's not A.S. Byatt, but it's along those lines.


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