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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,653 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Berg Narrator: Elizabeth Berg Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is the summer of 1964. In Tupelo, Mississippi, the town of Elvis’ birth, tensions are mounting over civil-rights demonstrations occurring ever more frequently—and violently—across the state. But in Paige Dunn’s small, ramshackle house, there are more immediate concerns. 

Challenged by the effects of the polio she contracted during her last month of pregnancy, Paige is nonetheless determined to live as normal a life as possible and to raise her daughter, Diana, in the way she sees fit—with the support of her tough-talking black caregiver, Peacie. 

Diana is trying in her own fashion to live a normal life. As a fourteen-year-old, she wants to make money for clothes and magazines, to slough off the authority of her mother and Peacie, to figure out the puzzle that is boys, and to escape the oppressiveness she sees everywhere in her small town. 

What she can never escape, however, is the way her life is markedly different from others’. Nor can she escape her ongoing responsibility to assist in caring for her mother. Paige Dunn is attractive, charming, intelligent, and lively, but her needs are great—and relentless. 

As the summer unfolds, hate and adversity will visit this modest home. Despite the difficulties thrust upon them, each of the women will find her own path to independence, understanding, and peace. And Diana’s mother, so mightily compromised, will end up giving her daughter an extraordinary gift few parents could match.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Allison | 2/18/2014

    " This book is fantastic. It is based on the true story of a woman who contracted polio while pregnant and gave birth to her daughter in an iron lung. She was paralyzed from the neck down! the story is told from her daughter's point of view during her 13th summer down south in 1954 Mississippi. I've always had a thing foir Elizabeth Berg's writiing, and this is a great one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cambria | 2/12/2014

    " Loved this book. Well written, tackles issues of disability and race in the early 60's. A less treacly The Help. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Su | 2/11/2014

    " This was a very short novel and yet it packed a powerful message. It takes place in the South during the Civil Rights unrest of the 60s and that piece of history is woven through the story. The interesting characters consist of a mom in an iron lung, due to contacting polio when she was pregnant with her now 13 year old daughter. A very unconventional family, but probably more of a true family than most people have in their own homes. The fact that it is based on a real person makes it pack more of a wallop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Collette | 2/5/2014

    " This story was basic with average characters. I have read many of Berg's books and would not recommend this one. "

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