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The Resource Marilou is everywhere, Sarah Elaine Smith

Marilou is everywhere, Sarah Elaine Smith

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Marilou is everywhere
Title
Marilou is everywhere
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Sarah Elaine Smith
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eng
Summary
"Fourteen year old Cindy and her two older brothers live in rural Pennsylvania, in a house with occasional electricity, two fierce dogs, one book, and a mother who comes and goes for months at a time. Deprived of adult supervision, the siblings rely on one another for nourishment of all kinds. As Cindy's brothers take on new responsibilities for her care, the shadow of danger looms larger and the status quo no longer seems tolerable. So when a glamorous teen from a more affluent, cultured home goes missing, Cindy escapes her own family's poverty and slips into the missing teen's life. As Jude Vanderjohn, Cindy is suddenly surrounded by books and art, by new foods and traditions, and most important, by a startling sense of possibility. In her borrowed life she also finds herself accepting the confused love of a mother who is constitutionally incapable of grasping what has happened to her real daughter. As Cindy experiences overwhelming maternal love for the first time, she must reckon with her own deceits and, in the process, learn what it means to be a daughter, a sister, and a neighbor" -- Front jacket flap
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  • In rural Pennsylvania, just up the road from the crowded place where 14-year-old Cindy and her two brothers live (sans parents), older teen Jude and her witchy mom, Bernadette, have a sprawling estate to themselves. When Jude disappears, locals expect the worst, and Bernadette, about whom rumors already flew, loses any remaining grip on reality. Without much intention, Cindy becomes Bernadette's caretaker, trying to keep her from burning down the house or drinking herself to death, and soon becomes Jude in Bernadette's eyes. A crucial moment arrives when Cindy must commit to Bernadette's presumption, or come clean. This is a mysterious and strangely exciting debut. Smith is a poet, and writes in sensory-driven, soul-tapping prose: ""I had a way of standing around which indicated I would like to be pulled inside out and swiftly disappeared from the earth."" Despite her isolation, professed ignorance, and desire to self-annihilate, bright and brave narrator Cindy understands much of the world, its hardships and moral quandaries, and the startling lack of guarantees that come with being born. -- Annie Bostrom (Reviewed 7/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 21, p22)
  • Smith’s solid debut follows the isolated and overlooked life of a teen in rural Pennsylvania. After 14-year-old Cindy Stoat and her older brothers, Clinton and Virgil, are abandoned by their mother, they make do with canned goods, candy, and income from the brothers’ lawn-mowing business amid the constant meddling of education officials who hope to bring Cindy back to school. Their stagnant and isolated existence is broken open when a teenage neighbor, Jude Vanderjohn, goes missing. A popular but complicated girl, Jude is so much of what Cindy herself feels she could never be, and her disappearance rocks not only the community, but Cindy’s day-to-day existence, especially after Virgil begins bringing her to spend time with Jude’s mother, Bernadette. Bernadette is a former hippie, a half-mystic, and an alcoholic who mistakes Cindy for her disappeared daughter, an identity crisis that Cindy cherishes, hoping desperately for her life to change, and leading to a terrible decision as she tries to maintain the illusion. Smith’s rural world is brought to life with precise and devastating descriptions of poverty and neglect, though sometimes the lyricism of the prose doesn’t gel. Still, fans of Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling will appreciate Cindy’s toughened point of view and Smith’s close attention to the details of rural Appalachian life. This is a promising debut. (July)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 05/27/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 21, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ When one girl goes missing, another slides into her place in Smith's hauntingly gorgeous debut novel. At 14, Cindy Stoat lives with her two older brothers in rural Pennsylvania, "basically feral" since, a few months ago, their mother last floated out of their lives. And it is during this bleak summer that Jude Vanderjohn, the sometime girlfriend of Cindy's brother, Virgil, goes missing. Cindy has been fascinated by Jude for years: Jude is older and cooler than she is and better off, the daughter of a professor, and the only black person in school ("well, mixed, but in Greene County that meant basically the same thing"). In the weeks after her disappearance, it is Virgil who takes on the role of caretaker for Jude's ailing, alcoholic mother, Bernadette. Cindy's presence at Bernadette's is, at first, a fluke, a way to escape the oppressive reality of her own life at home. Until, one night, Bernadette, in her state, mistakes Cindy for Jude, and Cindy slowly slips into the role. "I wasn't trying to become Jude. Not exactly. But I wanted to disappear, and she had left a space," she explains. "When I stepped into that space, I vanished from my senses. It changed me into someone who didn't have my actual mind." As Jude, Cindy becomes, for the first time, somebody's daughter, even if it's a delusion. Alone together, the two share a tenuous dreamlike existence where Jude isn't lost and Cindy is loved. And it's a kindness, isn't it, to spare Bernadette from unthinkable pain? This is how Cindy justifies it to herself, anyway—how she keeps justifying it even after she's crossed lines that can't be uncrossed. It sounds overwrought; it isn't. Smith, who never insults her characters by pitying them, captures this unstable world with matter-of-fact poetry, spare and sensual and surprisingly funny. Bleak and vivid; Smith's characters are as rich as her prose. (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2019)
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10785429
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Smith, Sarah Elaine
Dewey number
813/.54
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no index present
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fiction
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  • False personation
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Poverty
  • Wealth
  • Family secrets
Target audience
adult
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Marilou is everywhere, Sarah Elaine Smith
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1049574150
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9780525535249
Lccn
2018040295
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1049574150
Label
Marilou is everywhere, Sarah Elaine Smith
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1049574150
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9780525535249
Lccn
2018040295
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1049574150

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