Things Unspoken by Anitra Sheen

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The halcyon days of Los Angeles in the '50s provide the seductive setting for this mesmerizing novel, chosen by the Los Angeles Times as one of the Best Books of the Year. Young Jorie, growing up with her two older brothers and mostly absent father, is the resilient force that keeps her household together. But as family secrets begin to emerge, her strange yet stable world threatens to unravel.
 

About Anitra Sheen

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Anitra Sheen lives near Santa Barbara, California. This is her first novel. Read an interview with the author.
 
Published March 18, 2013 by BookBaby. 288 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Finally, bad investments in oil wells and chinchilla farms sink the family fortunes, and after Tom’s death by overdose, Jimmy heads for Viet Nam, Alex leaves to play piano in a group, and Jorie bravely strikes out on her own.

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Sheen makes a strong debut with this moving, partly autobiographical, bittersweet coming-of-age story set in 50s Los Angeles. When four-year-old Jorie Mackinnons mother dies of polio, she faces an unc

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As she approaches adolescence, however, she realizes that her father is harboring his own secrets.

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