Pure by Rebbecca Ray

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A sensational and accomplished novel that made its young author one of the most talked about in Britain last year, Pure is about fourteen -- the age when you know everything, except when you don't know anything. It's about first love and the end of innocence in all its passion and absurdity. It's about the raw transition between loving your parents as a child and understanding them as an adult. It's about the cool friend for whom everything seems effortless, and the impossibly embarrassing friend you're nice to when your cool friends can't see. It's about the struggle between desire and duty, and about a chance meeting with a twenty-seven-year-old man. And it's about what happens after. Pure has the shocking immediacy that made Less Than Zero so indelible. It evokes the brutalities of adolescence with the lucidity of Two Girls, Fat and Thin. It is sure to establish its author as one of the most remarkable and fearless young writers to emerge in recent years.

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Published January 1, 1998 by Grove Press, Inc.. 416 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The narrator's befogged passivity (evidenced by her constant repetition of the phrase ""I wondered"") and her fascination with the sordidness of the physical side of life (a favorite word is ""disgusted"") make her mind a somewhat claustrophobic place to be, while her eventual insights into her f...

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Don't get me wrong — I would love something beyond a ten minute "power nap" (another one of those pre-fab labels whose meaning completely eludes me), but the constraints of American time-sense — not to mention that pesky 24-hour solar cycle — make that next to impossible.

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Book Reporter

The blurb on the back cover says, "PURE is about fourteen --- the age when you know everything, except when you don't know anything.

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The Telegraph

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The Gospel Coalition

It also affirms the truth that it is not His express will to raise black folks into the middle income levels of American society so they can enjoy the ‘blessings of liberty.’ Finally, we must grasp the truth that we can no longer regard the black church as our black church simply on the basis tha...

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Rolling Stone

The title "genius" was formally bestowed on Ray Charles with the release of his 1959 album The Genius of Ray Charles.

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