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Bagley Public Library NOV (Text) 33500013761903 New Available -
Mahnomen Public Library NOV (Text) 33500013761895 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780593652862
  • ISBN: 0593652851
  • ISBN: 9780593652855
  • Physical Description: 242 pages ; 22 cm.
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  • Publisher: [New York] : Viking, [2023]

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Summary, etc.: "From award-winning novelist Idra Novey comes a "deft and surprising novel" with two unforgettable female voices. (Rumaan Alam) Set in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania, Take What You Need follows the estrangement and reconciliation of stepmother and daughter, Jean and Leah. Leah always felt her path diverged from Jean's and left her hometown without looking back, making a life for herself in the city as a young mother and academic. Now that Jean's gone, Leah must return to sort through all Jean has left behind. What she wasn't expecting to find was Jean's studio filled with metal sculptures born from the scraps of Pennsylvania's industrial history--its beauty challenging all she had initially thought of her hometown, and her own skepticism for why Jean had held onto it so dearly. Told in alternating points of view, Take What You Need is a refreshing portrait of complex and resilient family relationships, and ultimately challenges our ideas about success in order to reaffirm values we all hold dear: beauty, hope, and family"--
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2023 February #2
    *Starred Review* With her mountain hamlet dying around her house-by-house due to economic downturn and political upheaval, Jean, 66, lives an increasingly solitary existence back in her childhood home after a failed marriage. She doesn't miss her abusive ex but longs for her stepdaughter, Leah. Faced with reminders of her own violent childhood, Jean exorcises her demons through the creation of elaborate metal sculptures, employing Elliott, a sulky teenage neighbor, to help with the heavy lifting. A freak accident causes Jean to rely on Elliott until their fragile relationship shatters when he intuits that her need for him can be exploited. When Jean dies, Elliott beckons Leah home to claim her inheritance of Jean's iconic folk art oeuvre, but their reunion triggers painful memories for Leah. Revealing Leah's and Jean's tumultuous past through different viewpoints, Novey (Those Who Knew, 2018) explores the mysteries of the creative process, the precariousness of family, and the inherent biases toward unconventional behavior. Novey's richly complex third novel shows not only a nuanced appreciation for the artistic process but also places such creativity within the toxic distrust sewn by poverty, misogyny, and xenophobia. In Jean, Novey has constructed a cantankerous character whose artistic passion, fierce independence, and fragile emotional state make her impossible to forget. Copyright 2023 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Idra Novey is the award-winning author of the novels Ways to Disappear and Those Who Knew. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages and she’s written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. She teaches fiction at Princeton University and in the MFA Program at New York University.

Subject: Stepmothers Fiction
Older women Fiction
Women artists Fiction
Bereavement Fiction
Homecoming Fiction
Estranged families Fiction
Appalachian Region, Southern Fiction
Genre: Novels.
Domestic fiction.

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