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Download Child of My Heart Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,253 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice McDermott Narrator: Sheryl Bernstein Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Alice McDermott's new work of fiction a woman recalls her bittersweet 15th summer. The beautiful child of older parents, raised on the eastern end of Long Island among the summer houses of the rich, Theresa is the town's most sough-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 left a crowded working-class household in the city to spend a few quiet weeks in this bucolic place, under Theresa's benevolent eye.

Theresa must cope with the challenges presented by the neighborhood's waiflike children, the tumultuous households of her employers, the mysteriously compelling attentions of an aging painter, and Daisy's fragility of body and spirit as she makes the perilous crossing into adulthood.

McDermott's deeply etched rendering of all that happened that seemingly idyllic season explores the depths of everyday life with inimitable insight and grace. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nijhia | 2/17/2014

    " i have learned that there are more punishments in the world that are way worse than ours.They have rules like no sitting on the curb or standing under the steet light.So we have more freedom then some people "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Wendy Feltham | 2/13/2014

    " Some good writing, but a boring plot; very disappointing as I'd heard she was a good author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kevin Dawe | 2/11/2014

    " This was a peculiar book in some ways. In general, nothing much happens in it. It's about the minor, day to day goings on of one or two weeks in the summer. The "major" event which does occur, late in the novel, doesn't seem all that plausible and isn't too believable. And yet, I couldn't stop reading and I absolutely loved it. Probably because McDermott is simply an incredible writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Stephanie | 2/11/2014

    " The plot never seemed to go anywhere. The book contained a few nicely-written paragraphs, but it was ultimately disappointing. "

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