Durable Goods

Durable Goods

A Novel

Book - 2003
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On the hot Texas army base she calls home, Katie spends the lazy days of her summer waiting: waiting to grow up; waiting for Dickie Mack to fall in love with her; waiting for her breasts to blossom; waiting for the beatings to stop. Since their mother died, Katie and her older sister, Diane, have struggled to understand their increasingly distant, often violent father. While Diane escapes into the arms of her boyfriend, Katie hides in her room or escapes to her best friend's house--until Katie's admiration for her strong-willed sister leads her on an adventure that transforms her life.

Written with an unerring ability to capture the sadness of growth, the pain of change, the nearly visible vibrations that connect people, this beautiful novel by the bestselling author of Open House reminds us how wonderful--and wounding--a deeper understanding of life can be.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2003
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed
ISBN: 9780812968149
Characteristics: 204 p. ; 21 cm
Call Number: BERG, E


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Jun 06, 2016

Such a great read. Brings back childhood memories.

Aug 03, 2012

Katie, the narrator, sounds like what Junie B. Jones might sound like at age 12. Funny and poignant; if you are a female who grew up during the 1950's, you lived at least some of this.


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