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  • By Kathryn Para
    Aug 9, 2014
    You Again, by Mary Burns, is the third installment in the family saga, Shinny’s Girls, told by Shinny, her daughters, Lawreen, Annette and Elfie, and Shinny’s grandson, Mattie. Between them all hides a crucial truth, buried in Shinny’s past. Shinny, now a grandmother and living on her own, must find a way to keep her family from unraveling, and come to terms with secrets that will affect her grandchild’s health and wellbeing. Set against the current-day global politics of insecurity, insincerity and deceit, Shinny struggles to understand her grandson, Mattie, an identity theft specialist on the run, who surfaces and then disappears. He connects only through email, hiding behind various personas, while Shinny searches for clues to his whereabouts. Lawreen, a stage mother who has outgrown her role, struggles to connect with her daughter, and find a new identity. Lawreen’s sister Annette, a goat farmer in California, pushes herself through a hurtful divorce and cares for her father.... More > Elfie, finds herself pregnant, and faced with a terrible decision. Burns’ love for these characters is palpable. They leap from the page with their failings and their hopes, tied with the bonds of family. The story is compelling and the writing shifts us through five points of view effortlessly. The themes of identity and insecurity are echoed in the larger political landscape of the work. This is a smart and heartfelt deconstruction of family and life at the end of the aughts. You Again is story about identity, loss and reintegration that plays out continentally, in Vancouver, New York and Santa Rosa, California. It turns on human failing, and the hope for forgiveness and connection. It’s rich and warm, an excellent novel from an excellent writer.< Less
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March 4, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.99 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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