The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel

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Paul Zindel's compelling and inspirational Pulitzer Prize-winning play. It was made into a motion picture directed by Paul Newman starring Joanne Woodward.

The old, converted vegetable shop where Tillie lives is more like a madhouse than a home. Tillie's mother, Beatrice, is bitter and cruel, yet desperate for her daughters' love. Her sister, Ruth, suffers epileptic fits and sneaks cigarettes every chance she gets. In the midst of chaos, Tillie struggles to keep her focus and dreams alive. Tillie — keeper of rabbits, dreamer of atoms, true believer in life, hope, and the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigolds.

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Paul Zindel was born and raised on Staten Island in New York. After teaching high school science for ten years, he decided to pursue a career as a playwright. His first play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was produced as a film directed by Paul Newman.
Published August 3, 2011 by Graymalkin Media. 109 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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The New York Drama Critics' Award winner as best American play of the 1969-70 season is on the surface about a schoolgirl struggling out from under a ravaging domestic entrapment with a blowsy, alcoholic mother and an unstrung sister.

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