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Child of My Heart (2002) [Novel]
by Alice McDermott Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

A woman recalls her fifteenth summer with the wry and bittersweet wisdom of hindsight. The beautiful child of older parents, raised on the eastern end of Long Island, Theresa is her town's most sought-after babysitter, cheerful, poised, an effortless storyteller, a wonder with children and animals. Among her charges this fateful summer is Daisy, her younger cousin, who has come to spend a few quiet weeks in this bucolic place. While Theresa copes with the challenge presented by the neighborhood's waiflike children, the tumultuous households of her employers, the attentions of an aging painter, and Daisy's fragility of body and spirit, her precocious, tongue-in-cheek sense of order is tested as she makes the perilous crossing into adulthood.

Original title: Child of My Heart
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionYouth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)

Edition #1: Child of My Heart

Child of My Heart (2002)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "There is...something Jamesian about McDermott's style: this novel's craftsmanship and its moral intelligence are as one." The New York Times Book Review
  • "...McDermott sculpts her small story with a meticulous eye for the telling detail and transcendent metaphor. We know what's coming, but so do the characters, that's part of this tale's bittersweet power." Kirkus Reviews
  • "This is another charmer from McDermott; it's evocative, gently funny and resonant with a sense of impending loss, as all stories of youthful summers must be. There's a whisper of maudlin sentimentality throughout, but Theresa is so likable, and her observations so acute, that one easily forgives it." Publishers Weekly
  • "Just as the calm and sparkling sea can conceal a tricky undertow, McDermott's gorgeous novel is laced with sly literary allusions and provocative insights into the enigma of sexual desire, the mutability of art, death's haunting presence, our need for fantasies, and the endless struggle to keep love pure." Booklist
  • "McDermott is a subtle writer, and so while some novelists might fabricate this welter of teenage emotion out of a consummated affair, McDermott does the opposite...We fear for Theresa, and for girls like her, a fear that doesn't fully dissipate at the conclusion of McDermott's wise, brilliantly observed novel." Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • "McDermott's prose is even and elegant, and the complex character of Theresa offers subtle emotion imbued with haunting prescience." Library Journal
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Child of My Heart (November 2003)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 9780312422912
Dimensions: 5.52 x 8.26 x .70 in
Pages: 242

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