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Little Jordan: A Novel

Marly Youmans

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ISBN 10: 1567920292 / ISBN 13: 9781567920291
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Título: Little Jordan: A Novel

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Good

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n her haunting and exquisite first novel, Marly Youmans brings us to a town on the banks of the Little Jordan River, where in the span of a summer season an entire lifetime of experience and sensations unfolds.

Told from the perspective of Meg, a precocious thirteen-year-old who is part nymph, part young woman, Little Jordan recounts a series of unusual events a death, an attempted suicide, a mother's disastrous affair, a young girl's first kiss - that resonate, and finally coalesce, in the reader's mind.

Marly Youmans conveys with elegance and economy the unpredictable tragedies and subtle oddities that hover above a small Southern town one special summer. As you tumble through the smells and sounds of the season mown hay, wet grass, a search party's flashlights scanning a dark field you come to realize that this could be your town, an otherwise ordinary town, but one that harbors deep secrets for even the ordinary teems underneath with strange happenings.


Marly Youmans's poetic voice softly sings every line of this evocative first novel about a Southern girl's 13th summer. Meg, the daughter of a pragmatic single mother, is on a search for God, "even though Momma says that spiritual life is a myth." She looks for meaning, spiritual and otherwise, in her first kiss, in her relationship with her mother, and in the death of a neighbor's child. Each of these life-changing experiences is detailed in episodic chapters sharing one common theme: Little Jordan, the stream that runs through Meg's backyard. It is on the banks of Little Jordan that Meg finds the neighbor's drowned child, an event that, despite its sadness, helps Meg forge a strong bond with the child's mother, Isidore. And Little Jordan's reservoir provides a secluded swimming hole where Meg dives headfirst into her first serious relationship with local boy Fred Massey. It is through the rhythms of Little Jordan that Meg begins to understand the rhythms of life, death, and love: "I learned about distance and about seeing at close range... that summer I was busy running up against things, learning what they meant." Youmans constructs this touching novella with spare and carefully chosen prose, and in the process gently encourages teens to slow down, listen, and enjoy the priceless time between youth and adulthood. (Ages 13 to 17) --Jennifer Hubert

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