Hula by Lisa Shea

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Lisa Shea's award-winning first novel immediately established her as an all-important American talent and made her a #1 regional best-selling author. The hardcover publication of "Hula" brought author Lisa Shea a Whiting Writers Award, put her in the company of other Whiting winners such as Tobias Wolff, Alice McDermoft, and Mona Simpson, and made her book a #1 regional best-seller. The recipient of praise rarely showered upon a first novel, "Hula" is haunting, seductive, and reminiscent of Susan Minot's "Monkeys" or Jeffrey Eugenides's "The Virgin Suicides." For two pre-adolescent sisters isolated by their parents' neglect and driven to create their own secret garden of the imagination, their backyard is their universe. Through the hot days of two long summers, the play of the two girls, who are both the closest of allies and the worst of enemies, mirrors the violence of a war-haunted father and the passivity of their emotionally absent mother. But adolescent fantasies and terrors come together when their semi-innocent games are encroached upon by the real world. As one summer gives way to the next, the voyeuristic and at times surreal story, narrated by the younger sister, builds in portent and power as the sisters' sexuality surfaces and their parents' marriage strains toward its inevitable end.
 

About Lisa Shea

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Lisa Shea is an award-winning author who has worked in children's publishing for 20 years. She has written over 50 children's books and currently resides in Throggs Neck, New York.
 
Published January 1, 1994 by Norton. 155 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As the storm of their repressive father's irrationality slowly brews, the girls live their own carefully guarded, small, private lives, sneaking swims in a neighbor's above-ground pool (it has slugs in it), quarreling endlessly (along with scratches and punches), escaping on pretend-journeys in t...

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In her remarkable first novel, Shea hauntingly evokes the spirits and sensations of childhood.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Entertainment Weekly

Hula Lisa Shea (Delta, $9.95, 1994) Shea's stunning first novel is a voyeuristic account of a nameless family's troubling secrets, told by the younger of two sisters over two Virginia summers in the mid-60s.

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Some of the chapters, dealing with the older sister's incipient sexuality, her fascination with a chain gang of convicts working near the house, and her roughhousing flirtation with neighbor boys, are nicely told but unremarkable.

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The Kenyon Review

Official hula hoop marathon rule number one: The record is for continuous revolution of a hula hoop.

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