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When Madeline Was Young (2006) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

When Aaron Maciver's beautiful young wife, Madeline, suffers brain damage in a bike accident, she is left with the intellectual powers of a six-year-old. In the years that follow, Aaron and his second wife care for Madeline with deep tenderness and devotion as they raise two children of their own.

Narrated by Aaron's son, Mac, When Madeline Was Young chronicles the Maciver family through the decades, from Mac's childhood growing up with Madeline and his cousin Buddy in Wisconsin through the Vietnam War, through Mac's years as a husband with children of his own, and through Buddy's involvement with the subsequent Gulf Wars. Jane Hamilton explores the Macivers' unusual situation and examines notions of childhood (through Mac's and Buddy's actual youth as well as Madeline's infantilization) and a rivalry between Mac's and Buddy's families that spans decades and various wars. She captures the pleasures and frustrations of marriage and family, and she exposes the role that past relationships, rivalries, and regrets inevitably play in the lives of adults.

Original title: When Madeline Was Young
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTies That BindMultigenerational Sagas

Edition #1: When Madeline Was Young

When Madeline Was Young (2006)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "In each surprising permutation, Hamilton offers fresh perspectives on the puzzles of time, memory, and consciousness, and keenly gauges the many shades of guilt and audacity, grief and sacrifice, tenacity and goodness. " Booklist
  • "While Hamilton gives the political climate of the Sixties considerable attention, her story is more about how people, by bonding together, can transcend tragedy and loss with love, tolerance, and humor." Library Journal
  • "Hamilton is exquisitely observant and unfailingly generous to the characters she creates: every life has weight and dignity." Kirkus Reviews
  • "Hamilton...is extraordinarily adept in the construction of many-faceted narratives that shift and swing between past and present, and her latest mesmerizing novel is particularly well-designed." Chicago Tribune
  • "Unlike the past that so tragicallly eludes Madeline's overgrown innocence, Hamilton's new novel is not to be forgotten." USA Today
  • "Hamilton's characters are complex and vividly drawn, the dialogue pitch-perfect. The author has a gift for telling detail and wry asides." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Manifested in:

When Madeline Was Young (September 2006)

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 0385516711
Dimensions: 9.56 x 6.34 x .95
Pages: 274

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