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Climax Public Library LARGE PRINT SCH (Text) 33500013711643 New Available -
McIntosh Public Library LARGE PRINT SCH (Text) 33500013711650 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9798885781107
  • Physical Description: 341 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
  • Edition: Large print edition.
  • Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2022.

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"Vera grows up in a small town, removed and isolated, pressed up against the mountains, cloud-covered and damp year-round. This town, fiercely protective, brutal and unforgiving in its adherence to tradition, faces a singular affliction: some mothers vanish, disappearing into the clouds. It is the exquisite pain and intrinsic beauty of their lives; it sets them apart from people elsewhere and gives them meaning. Vera, a young girl when her own mother went, is on the cusp of adulthood herself. As her peers begin to marry and become mothers, they speculate about who might be the first to go, each wondering about her own fate. Reveling in their gossip, they witness each other in motherhood, waiting for signs: this one devotes herself to her child too much, this one not enough--that must surely draw the affliction's gaze. When motherhood comes for Vera, she is faced with the question: will she be able to stay and mother her beloved child, or will she disappear? Provocative and hypnotic, Alexis Schaitkin's Elsewhere is at once a spellbinding revelation and a rumination on the mysterious task of motherhood and all the ways in which a woman can lose herself to it; the self-monitoring and judgment, the doubts and unknowns, and the legacy she leaves behind"-- Provided by publisher.
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 May #1
    *Starred Review* In a mountainous, isolated town reminiscent of a German village, some mothers vanish into thin air. When a mother disappears, the villagers come together in a ceremony to burn all the woman's photographs and share the rest of her possessions among them. Vera's mother disappeared when she was very young, and she's alone with her taciturn father. Her best friend has become distant, and Vera's violin playing and interest in photography are the only things that comfort her. When a stranger arrives, someone from elsewhere, Vera's worldview changes. Until then, Vera had assumed she would join the mothers, since she longs for the tradition of marriage and parenthood. But the events of the stranger's appearance change her, and she will never be the same. Schaitkin (Saint X, 2020) has written a compelling, poetic, and chilling novel that examines fate and fear. The town's unique and eerie culture indoctrinates its people, but Vera moves through this environment with both doubt and confidence. The mothers' disappearances are also a metaphor for the pain and pleasure that come with motherhood itself. Suggest to readers of Jessamine Chan's School for Good Mothers (2022). Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Disappearances (Parapsychology) > Fiction.
Disappeared persons > Fiction.
Women > Fiction.
Isolation (Philosophy) > Fiction.
Large type books.
Large type books.

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