The Facts of Life by Graham Joyce
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A remarkable young boy, Frank Arthur Vine, the product of a passionate encounter between his mother Cassie and an American G.I., is brought up by his mother's six very different--and idiosyncratic--sisters and his charismatic grandmother after his mother is determined to be too unstable, in a emotio
 

About Graham Joyce

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Graham Joyce's books include The Facts of Life, which won the 2003 World Fantasy Award, Smoking Poppy, Indigo (a New York Times Notable Book of 2000) and The Tooth Fairy. He is a four-time recipient of the British Fantasy Award and winner of the French Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire. He lives in Leicester, England, with his wife and two children.
 
Published September 12, 2013 by G&S Books. 317 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, War, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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""The Whole Story"" combines this free-associative technique with a send-up of all literary biography: Gertrude Stein is Henry James' niece (and heir), her lover is D.

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With daughters outnumbering sons 7-0, the Vine family is intensely matriarchal—and the fact that Mr. Vine rarely speaks to anyone at home (including his wife) only makes it the more so.

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As Frank and Cassie bounce from household to household, cared for by different family members, their peregrinations evoke in miniature the British postwar experience, mirrored in the lives of Cassie's siblings: one is married to a man who relives the war through his affair with a dead soldier's w...

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Cassie had been forced to give away Frank (as she had already given away a daughter) because the rest of the family did not believe she was fit to be a mother.

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In The Facts Of Life, Graham Joyce returns from the exotic locales where he's set novels like Smoking Poppy and Requiem to the more familiar confines of the Midlands region of England where he was born and raised, and, in the process, gives us a deceptively gentle masterpiece of magical realism t...

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Thus, the wandering Frank grows up in a vast assortment of households that range the gamut of the 1950s so that he learns a great deal about the world around him through his not so stable aunts as the people of the Coventry area try differing means to recover and heal from the intensity...

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