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The Lauras, Sara Taylor

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The Lauras
Title
The Lauras
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Sara Taylor
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Language
eng
Summary
Didnt realize my mother was a person until I was thirteen years old and she pulled me out of bed, put me in the back of her car, and we left home and my dad with no explanations. I thought that Ma was all that she was and all she had ever wanted to be. I was wrong.As we made our way from Virginia to California, returning to the places where shed lived as a kid in foster care and as a teenager on the run, repaying debts and keeping promises, I learned who she was in her life-before-me and the secrets she had kept even from herself. But when life on the road began to feel normal I couldnt forget the home wed left behind, couldnt deny that, just like my mother, I too had unfinished business
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  • Alex, the narrator of this coming-of-age road-trip novel, is 13 and barely awake when Ma packs the two of them into the car, heading not-sure-where and leaving Alex’s dad behind. Confusing everyone they encounter as they wonder whether Alex is a boy or a girl, Alex confidently feels like both without a need to explain. Alex likes the excitement of making tracks with Ma but hates not knowing her full plan and asks too many questions. Occasionally, Ma lets fly harrowing tales from her youth spent in, out of, or running away from foster homes. In various cities at different stages of her life, Ma knew Lauras, the first being the best childhood friend, who Ma thinks somehow led her to all the others. While the pair crisscross the country in search of Lauras and others, Alex survives upsetting assaults and experiences tender first love. Ultimately, understanding Ma’s past and pathological restlessness deepens Alex’s love for them both. Taylor (The Shore, 2015) packs vastly observed stories of mothers, children, and memory into her impressive second novel. -- Bostrom, Annie (Reviewed 7/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 21, p19)
  • A mother and her teenage daughter embark on a cross-country journey through the mother’s past in this second novel from the author of The Shore. After months of listening to her parents argue, the narrator, Alex, 13, is suddenly living on the road with her capricious mother, Ma, who ferries them from Florida to California in search of a place to make a life. Lending structure to the road trip are flashbacks to Ma’s episodes with “The Lauras,” the various girls and women who shaped Ma’s young identity in school, foster houses, and girls homes. Ma’s journey to self-understanding sets the stage for Alex’s self-discovery, as she—unbeknownst to Ma—trades sex for rides from strange men, writes letters to her abandoned father, and comes to know her mother’s darkest secrets. The trip finally leads them to cross the border into Canada, where one of the Lauras may or may not offer both Ma and Alex what they seek. Though there are some underexplored subplots, the mother-daughter relationship lends pathos and purpose to this voyage. Agent: Lucy Luck, Conville & Walsh. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed 06/26/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 26, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ This story, told by the younger half of a runaway mother-and-child duo, provides an enigmatic narrator with an opportunity to challenge readers' assumptions about family, gender, and home.Taylor's (The Shore, 2015) storyteller, the androgynous Alex, recounts (from a future vantage point) the sequence of unsettling events they encountered while roaming the country with "Ma," their mother. Ma and the barely pubescent Alex abruptly depart their stifling home, leaving Alex's elusive father behind, and spend the next few years living a hand-to-mouth existence on the road, following an itinerary Ma has charted on a mysteriously annotated map. As they crisscross the country, Ma settles scores, pays debts, and pays it forward while Alex deals with the effects of deracination and gender fluidity. Ma's quest, focused on reconnecting with a series of women friends—the "Lauras"—from her hardscrabble youth, provides both mother and child with myriad opportunities for self-revelation. Taylor's quiet, precise prose creates a sense of dreary place after place on the pair's odyssey and never conveys a clue about Alex's anatomy. Rather than serving as a parlor trick, Alex's androgyny works as a reminder about preconceived notions of identity and offers readers a narrative stripped of gender-specific conventions; Alex's ambiguous, aching forays into the realms of sexuality and human relations speak to universal truths about trust as well as lust. The realities of living life with a serial bolter reveal to Alex the myriad ways in which a home can be assembled and reassembled over time as Taylor propels the duo past external and internal mile markers. Some stops on the journey may seem superfluous or less important than others that are more finely drawn. Taylor, however, never allows her travelers to veer too far from the path they need to follow. Taylor gives her narrator a singular voice and dares the world to listen.(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2017)
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10556895
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1988-
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Taylor, Sara
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Mothers and daughters
  • Gender identity
  • Gender identity
  • Mothers and daughters
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The Lauras, Sara Taylor
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1827793
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
292 pages
Isbn
9780451496850
Lccn
2016034005
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780451496850
  • (OCoLC)957455017
Label
The Lauras, Sara Taylor
Publication
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
1827793
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
292 pages
Isbn
9780451496850
Lccn
2016034005
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780451496850
  • (OCoLC)957455017

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