Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg

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On the hot Texas army base she calls home, Katie spends the lazy days of her summer waiting: waiting to grow up; waiting for Dickie Mack to fall in love with her; waiting for her breasts to blossom; waiting for the beatings to stop. Since their mother died, Katie and her older sister, Diane, have struggled to understand their increasingly distant, often violent father. While Diane escapes into the arms of her boyfriend, Katie hides in her room or escapes to her best friend’s house—until Katie’s admiration for her strong-willed sister leads her on an adventure that transforms her life.

Written with an unerring ability to capture the sadness of growth, the pain of change, the nearly visible vibrations that connect people, this beautiful novel by the bestselling author of Open House reminds us how wonderful—and wounding—a deeper understanding of life can be.

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About Elizabeth Berg

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Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels as well as two works of nonfiction. Open House was an Oprah's Book Club selection, Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for an Abby Award. Her bestsellers also include The Year of Pleasures, The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, and Dream When You're Feeling Blue. Berg has been honored by both the Boston Public Library and the Chicago Public Library and is a popular speaker at venues around the country. She lives near Chicago.
Published December 15, 2010 by Ballantine Books. 225 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, next door, Katie's sometimes best friend, Cherylanne, instructs her in the application of eye shadows and lipsticks with names like ``Barely There.'' Things might just go on as they are--because Katie's clearly a survivor made in the mold of Frankie in Member of the Wedding--but then h...

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When the inevitable happens and the family learns they're being transferred to Missouri, Katie tries to accept the impending change, but her sister, who can no longer tolerate her father's abuse, rebels.

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When Katie catches Diane sneaking out of the house for the last time, Diane gives Katie a choice: Stay—or travel with them to Mexico and leave the pain of their lives far behind.

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A friend from Cincinnati called one morning to say that a writer named Elizabeth Berg had written a riveting and transcending novel that was, in amazing detail, the story of her life.

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