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Make Believe

Scott, Joanna

ISBN 10: 1860468853 / ISBN 13: 9781860468858
Editorial: Harvill, London, UK, 2001
Condición: As New Encuadernación de tapa dura
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This is a true UK first edition/first printing, with all the numbers 1357918642 present on the copyright page. An absolutely perfect copy of this touching and brilliantly well-written novel about a four-year-old boy called Bo, who becomes the focus of a fierce custody battle. Not price-clipped, or ex-libris and with no inscriptions or marks of any kind. Looks as if it has never been opened. All of our books are protected by removable plastic covers, and dispatched with care. N° de ref. de la librería 000064

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Título: Make Believe

Editorial: Harvill, London, UK

Año de publicación: 2001

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:As New

Condición de la sobrecubierta: As New

Edición: First Edition

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"This is a compelling story that will leave readers haunted by Scott's powerful moral vision." -- Publishers' Weekly
When four-year-old Bo is orphaned in the car accident that kills his mother, he becomes the focus of a fierce custody struggle and flees into himself--away from the sea of strangers--where he inhabits an eerie inner landscape.
The world of "make believe" into which we are drawn in this remarkable novel--hailed for both its lyrical prose and its profound dramatic and emotional intensity--is the world of four-year-old Bo, cast adrift in a sea of strangers as he becomes the focus of a fierce custody battle between two sets of grandparents, one black and one white.


Joanna Scott, much lauded for her 1997 gothic, The Manikin, sloughs that novel's gloom for the less rarified air of familial torment and interracial romance in Make Believe. A compact jostling of flashback, shifting angles, and hallucinatory impression, her fifth novel is held together by 4-year-old Bo, the object of a contentious custody battle after his teenage mother dies in an automobile accident. Through the boy's eyes we see the disorienting kaleidoscope of adult ambition and impotence, as those vying for him try to sort out not only his life, but their own. "Weep for him," the narrator adjures, "if you're susceptible to pity. But don't let your eyes grow so foggy that you miss the subtle transformation taking place, the transformation of pity into something far more powerful than even Bo could have anticipated."

When volatile Jenny Templin falls for Kamon Gilbert, she imagines that bearing his child will win her both security and love. But Kamon--artistic, yearning, and, much to the displeasure of Jenny's mother and stepfather, black--is killed while Jenny is pregnant, leaving her and the child alone with his sheltering, if overwhelmed, parents. The Gilberts, in turn, seem the obvious choice for guardianship once Bo is orphaned. Jenny's parents, however, struggling with shame and a latent covetousness, win custody of the spirited Bo, casting both families into degrees of disarray.

Bo is the eye of the hurricane throughout. "Think of all he'd been through, all the waiting, his daddy no more than letters carved in stone, his mama gone off somewhere, his grandparents scared away by the law." Predictably, his life with Jenny's parents--who refuse, even, to call him Bo--is trying. Scott tells the story in deliberate, even tones, frequently cataloging the broad and disparate panorama of Bo's horizon. What she uncovers is a world where no one is entirely devoid of selfish motivation, where love can be equal parts affection and, sadly, make-believe. --Ben Guterson

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