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Within Arm's Reach

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Within Arm's Reach by Ann Napolitano
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'No one in my mother's family ever talks about anything that can be categorized as unpleasant or as having to do with emotions, and, as a result, they no longer have anything to say. For them it's not a matter of keeping secrets; it's a matter of being polite, mannerly, and tough. The McLaughlins couldn't spill their woes or ask for help even if they wanted to, because they don't have the vocabulary. They are stranded within themselves, convinced that the only way is to silently persevere.' Seen from the point of view of different generations of women within this family and set around a small town in New Jersey, this is a novel about a family of Irish Catholic descent, the McLaughlins. This is a rich and resonant novel about how the totally unexpected pregnancy of the youngest (29) unmarried member the family tears apart its facade of normalcy, and throws the entire family into a state of crisis.

Author Biography

Ann Napolitano is a graduate of Conneticut College and received her MFA from New York University, where she studied with Paule Marshall and Dani Shapiro. She lives in New York City.
Release date NZ
June 2nd, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
New edition
Imprint
Virago Press Ltd
Pages
352
ISBN-13
9781844081103
Product ID
1697253

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