The Resource Mislaid : a novel, Nell Zink

Mislaid : a novel, Nell Zink

Label
Mislaid : a novel
Title
Mislaid
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Nell Zink
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Stillwater College in Virginia, 1966. Freshman Peggy, an ingénue with literary pretensions, falls under the spell of Lee, a blue-blooded poet and professor, and they begin an ill-advised affair that results in an unplanned pregnancy and marriage. The two are mismatched from the start--she's a lesbian, he's gay--but it takes a decade of emotional erosion before Peggy runs off with their three-year-old daughter, leaving their nine-year-old son behind. Worried that Lee will have her committed for her erratic behavior, Peggy goes underground, adopting an African American persona for her and her daughter. They squat in a house in an African-American settlement, eventually moving to a housing project where no one questions their true racial identities. As Peggy and Lee's children grow up, they must contend with diverse emotional issues: Byrdie deals with his father's compulsive honesty; while Karen struggles with her mother's lies--she knows neither her real age, nor that she is "white," nor that she has any other family. Years later, a minority scholarship lands Karen at the University of Virginia, where Byrdie is in his senior year. Eventually the long lost siblings will meet, setting off a series of misunderstandings and culminating in a comedic finale worthy of Shakespeare" --
Summary
"Stillwater College in Virginia, 1966. Freshman Peggy, an ingâenue with literary pretensions, falls under the spell of Lee, a blue-blooded poet and professor, and they begin an ill-advised affair that results in an unplanned pregnancy and marriage. The two are mismatched from the start--she's a lesbian, he's gay--but it takes a decade of emotional erosion before Peggy runs off with their three-year-old daughter, leaving their nine-year-old son behind. Worried that Lee will have her committed for her erratic behavior, Peggy goes underground, adopting an African American persona for her and her daughter. They squat in a house in an African-American settlement, eventually moving to a housing project where no one questions their true racial identities. As Peggy and Lee's children grow up, they must contend with diverse emotional issues: Byrdie deals with his father's compulsive honesty; while Karen struggles with her mother's lies--she knows neither her real age, nor that she is "white," nor that she has anyother family. Years later, a minority scholarship lands Karen at the University of Virginia, where Byrdie is in his senior year. Eventually the long lost siblings will meet, setting off a series of misunderstandings and culminating in a comedic finale worthy of Shakespeare"--
Tone
Character
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2015
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10409914
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YDXCP
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Zink, Nell
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Dysfunctional families
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Fathers and sons
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Passing (Identity)
  • Race awareness
  • Runaway wives
  • Virginia
Target audience
adult
Label
Mislaid : a novel, Nell Zink
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Subtitle from dust jacket
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
ocn892700779
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
242 pages
Isbn
9780062364777
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)892700779
Label
Mislaid : a novel, Nell Zink
Publication
Copyright
Note
Subtitle from dust jacket
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
ocn892700779
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
242 pages
Isbn
9780062364777
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)892700779

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