The POLLEN ROOM by Zoe Jenny

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In the half-lit world of a broken home, Jo grows up afraid of the shadows and desperate for company. By age seventeen, she has learned to build her own happiness, and her fantasies of love fuel perilous experiments with drugs and sex, and a search for the mother who abandoned her years earlier. Ultimately, it is Jo's revelation about her mother's own demons that brings a bittersweet reconciliation of childhood dreams and adult reality.

About Zoe Jenny

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Zoë Jenny was born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1974. She grew up in Greece, Tessin and Basel. Since 1993 she has had short stories published in literary journals in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. In August 1997 she published her first novel, Das Blütenstaubzimmer, in Germany. She is currently working on a new novel.
Published March 8, 1999 by Simon & Schuster. 144 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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The heavy significance of the failed mother-child bond that’s clearly felt by Jo, however, fails to translate into anything even remotely felt by the reader, with disastrously thinning effects for the novel.

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Publishers Weekly

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In prose that even in translation is limpid and fresh, Swiss author Jenny begins the first-person narrative as the mother, Lucy, departing her first marriage, leaves kindergarten-age Jo in the care of her father, a publisher of books ""no one ever bought."" Swiftly, deftly, Jenny captures the lon...

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New York Magazine

First published in Germany two years ago as Das Blutenstaubzimmer, Zoe Jenny's The Pollen Room (Simon & Schuster;

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