family by Micol Ostow

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i have always been broken.
i could have. died.
and maybe it would have been better if i had.
 
It is a day like any other when seventeen-year-old Melinda Jensen hits the road for San Francisco, leaving behind her fractured home life and a constant assault on her self-esteem. Henry is the handsome, charismatic man who comes upon her, collapsed on a park bench, and offers love, a bright new consciousness, and—best of all—a family. One that will embrace her and give her love. Because family is what Mel has never really had. And this new family, Henry’s family, shares everything. They share the chores, their bodies, and their beliefs.  And if Mel truly wants to belong, she will share in everything they do. No matter what the family does, or how far they go.
Told in episodic verse, family is a fictionalized exploration of cult dynamics, loosely based on the Manson Family murders of 1969. It is an unflinching look at people who are born broken, and the lengths they’ll go to to make themselves “whole” again.
 

About Micol Ostow

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Micol Ostow (New York City) has written more than thirty-Micol Ostow (New York City) has written more than thirty-five published works for children and young adults. So Punk five published works for children and young adults. So Punk Rock was inspired by the thirteen years of Jewish day schoolRock was inspired by the thirteen years of Jewish day school that she and her brother David experienced. Micol is curren that she and her brother David experienced. Micol is currently pursuing an MFA in writing through Vermont College of Fitly pursuing an MFA in writing through Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaching YA writing up and down the Eastern seabne Arts and teaching YA writing up and down the Eastern seaboard. For more information, visit www.MicolOstow.com or www.oard. For more information, visit www.MicolOstow.com or www.KosherPunkRock.com. KosherPunkRock.com.
 
Published April 26, 2011 by EgmontUSA. 384 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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A vivid but ponderous exploration in verse of late-1960s-California cult life.

Apr 12 2011 | Read Full Review of family

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In this novel in verse, based on the Manson Family murders, Ostow (So Punk Rock: And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother) delivers the harrowing story of 17-year-old Melinda, who flees to San Francis

Feb 28 2011 | Read Full Review of family

Zimbio

... Several years ago I went to a performance of MacBeth at my alma mater, an all-
women's college. The cast was composed entirely of women.

Jun 15 2011 | Read Full Review of family

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