Small Damages by Beth Kephart

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Beth Kephart structures Small Damages in an incredibly realistic manner. Kenzie’s controlled scattering of thoughts and emotions are perfectly illustrated, while Kenzie herself is rendered in a quiet prose that speaks volumes...
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Synopsis

Juno meets Under the Tuscan Sun

It's senior year, and while Kenzie should be looking forward to prom and starting college in the fall, she discovers she's pregnant. Her determination to keep her baby is something her boyfriend and mother do not understand. So she is sent to Spain, where she will live out her pregnancy, and her baby will be adopted by a Spanish couple. No one will ever know.

Alone and resentful in a foreign country, Kenzie is at first sullen and difficult. But as she gets to know Estela, the stubborn old cook, and Esteban, the mysterious young man who cares for the horses, she begins to open her eyes, and her heart, to the beauty that is all around her, and inside her. Kenzie realizes she has some serious choices to make--choices about life, love, and home.

Lyrically told in a way that makes the heat, the colors, and the smells of Spain feel alive, Small Damages is a feast for the heart and the soul, and a coming-of-age novel not easily forgotten.
 

About Beth Kephart

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Beth Kephart’s first memoir was a National Book Award finalist and was named best book of the year (1998) by several publications. Her subsequent four memoirs earned her additional acclaim and standing among memoir readers. A respected reviewer, essayist, and blogger, Kephart chaired juries for both the National Book Awards and the PEN First Nonfiction Awards. A veteran writing teacher, she currently teaches memoir at the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Published July 19, 2012 by Speak. 305 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Jen Doll on Jul 13 2012

...in Kephart’s hands, the novel is a story about choices — not only about the fate of a pregnancy, but also about finding one’s own self.

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Good
Reviewed by Renee C. Fountain on Jul 19 2012

Beth Kephart structures Small Damages in an incredibly realistic manner. Kenzie’s controlled scattering of thoughts and emotions are perfectly illustrated, while Kenzie herself is rendered in a quiet prose that speaks volumes...

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