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The accidentals : a novel, Minrose Gwin

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The accidentals : a novel
Title
The accidentals
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Minrose Gwin
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Following the death of their mother from a botched backwoods abortion, the McAlister daughters have to cope with the ripple effect of this tragedy as they come of age in 1950s Mississippi and then grow up to face their own impossible choices--an unforgettable, beautiful novel that is threaded throughout with the stories of mothers and daughters in pre-Roe versus Wade America. Life heads down back alleys, takes sharp left turns. Then, one fine day it jumps the track and crashes." In the fall of 1957, Olivia McAlister is living in Opelika, Mississippi, caring for her two girls, June and Grace, and her husband, Holly. She dreams of living a much larger life--seeing the world and returning to her wartime job at a landing boat factory in New Orleans. As she watches over the birds in her yard, Olivia feels like an "accidental"--a migratory bird blown off course. When Olivia becomes pregnant again, she makes a fateful decision, compelling Grace, June, and Holly to cope in different ways. While their father digs up the backyard to build a bomb shelter, desperate to protect his family, Olivia's spinster sister tries to take them all under her wing. But the impact of Olivia's decision reverberates throughout Grace's and June's lives. Grace, caught up in an unconventional love affair, becomes one of the "girls who went away" to have a baby in secret. June, guilt-ridden for her part in exposing Grace's pregnancy, eventually makes an unhappy marriage. Meanwhile Ed Mae Johnson, an African-American care worker in a New Orleans orphanage, is drastically impacted by Grace's choices. As the years go by, their lives intersect in ways that reflect the unpredictable nature of bird flight that lands in accidental locations--and the consolations of imperfect return. Filled with tragedy, humor, joy, and the indomitable strength of women facing the constricted spaces of the 1950s and 60s, The Accidentals is a poignant, timely novel that reminds us of the hope and consolation that can be found in unexpected landings"--
  • "Following the death of their mother, the McAlister daughters have to deal with the ripple effect of this tragedy over the course of decades in Mississippi"--
  • In the fall of 1957, Olivia McAlister is living in Opelika, Mississippi, caring for her two girls, June and Grace, and her husband, Holly. She dreams of seeing the world and returning to her wartime job at a landing boat factory in New Orleans. Olivia feels like an "accidental"-- a migratory bird blown off course. When Olivia becomes pregnant again, a botched backwoods abortion leaves Grace, June, and Holly to cope in different ways. Holly digs up the backyard to build a bomb shelter, desperate to protect his family, while Olivia's spinster sister tries to take them all under her wing. As the years go by, their lives diverge and intersect in ways that reflect the unpredictable nature of bird flight. -- adapted from back cover
Summary
Following the death of their mother from a botched backwoods abortion, the McAlister daughters have to cope with the ripple effect of this tragedy as they come of age in 1950s Mississippi and then grow up to face their own impossible choices
Theme
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10799360
Cataloging source
TEFOD
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Gwin, Minrose,
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3607.W56
LC item number
A65 2019eb
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Sisters
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • FICTION / Historical
  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • Mississippi
Target audience
adult
Label
The accidentals : a novel, Minrose Gwin
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"P.S. insights, interviews & more ..."--Cover
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online resource
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rdacarrier.
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multicolored
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rdacontent.
Control code
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unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (381, 8 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780062471772
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computer
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rdamedia.
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6CDBF46F-E1E9-453A-A283-B255AD22A6ED
Label
The accidentals : a novel, Minrose Gwin
Link
Publication
Copyright
Note
"P.S. insights, interviews & more ..."--Cover
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
on1112221545
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (381, 8 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780062471772
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
6CDBF46F-E1E9-453A-A283-B255AD22A6ED

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