Where We Lived by Christina Fitzpatrick
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Meet Tanya, Claire, Emma, Mia, and Gwen, five girls from the same hometown but varied backgrounds whose lives intersect as they struggle to overcome both where they are from and what they have experienced. Tanya grows up with an abusive brother and a prostitute's daughter for a best friend. Gwen dreams of becoming a supermodel, but like Tanya she too must cope with male violence as she gets older. Mia loses her father to suicide and her best friend, Emma, to murder. And, finally, Claire, a bartender and aspiring writer, escapes their town by fleeing to Boston where she relies on Mia, but finds she can't escape her past.

Through these remarkable characters, Fitzpatrick captures not only the difficulties of being young and female, but the desire to persevere, to become what no one else expects: a survivor. In this dark, breath-taking work, her haunting prose elevates the typical woman's experience into a powerful, raw read. Where We Lived is both a stunning fiction and the debut of a major new talent.

 

About Christina Fitzpatrick

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Christina Fitzpatrick received her MFA in 1999 from Sarah Lawrence College. She has worked as a bartender for the past ten years. The author of "Where We Lived, " she has also taught writing at Iona College, Gotham Writers' Workshop, and Valhalla's Women's Prison. She currently teaches ESL in Rome and remains affiliated with Teachers and Writers Collaborative in Manhattan. She divides her time living in New York City and abroad.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by HarperCollins.
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After her friend Emma is murdered back home and another college friend continues to self-destruct, Mia realizes she can save only herself.

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Although some girls are presented in the first person and some in the third, their experiences and world views are essentially similar, so that it is a relief when, in the last story, Claire the would-be writer (clearly representing the author) invents a foolish, lighthearted fable in which she i...

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