Disobedience by Jane Hamilton
A Novel

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Winner of the 1989 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award  for best first novel, this exquisite book  confronts real-life issues of alienation and violence  from which the author creates a stunning testament  to the human capacity for mercy, compassion and  love.


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About Jane Hamilton

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Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Rochester, Wisconsin. Her first novel, The Book of Ruth, won the PENErnest Hemingway Award for best first novel and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club. Her second novel, A Map of the World, was also a selection of the Oprah Book Club and an international bestseller. Her most recent novel, The Short History of a Prince, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998.
 
Published March 5, 2002 by Anchor. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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He gets his wish when Lily comes to Chicago to look at colleges, but relations between him and his mother only deteriorate further as her liaison continues, until a shocking incident involving Elvira at the long-awaited Shiloh reenactment forces him to look at his mother in a new light—and forces...

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He evokes for himself his mother naked, his mother joyful.

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The Guardian

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Her adultery - only only ever viewed through Henry's confused adolescent eyes - is not, of course, what the book is about.

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Publishers Weekly

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Henry's voice is exactly right: he's a thoughtful, intelligent boy whose hormones are sending him confusing messages, and whose tendency is to mock both parents with typical teen sardonic humor.

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Book Reporter

Henry, the son, drones on and on for hundreds of pages about the minutiae of their lives --- Minty, the rich grandmother who gives them all her money and all her contempt;

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Entertainment Weekly

(A female friend tells Henry that ''both married and unmarried women want to take the mismatched man and clasp him to their bosoms.'') Ultimately she abandons the opportunity to get really wild — to stage her own authorial Civil War against the state of women's domestic fiction — and settles...

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People

It is, in fact, the work of 17-year-old Henry, the story's sardonic, trying-to-be-detached narrator, who inadvertently learns of the relationship between Liza38 and Rpoll, e-mail monikers for his pianist mother, Elizabeth, and fellow musician Richard Polloco.

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