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Length: 16 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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From the Author

I think of my family as normal. Of course normal is relative. Although the story is fiction, the truth is, well, it's true. Enjoy.

About the Author

I'm J.R. Barrett aka Julia Barrett aka Julia Rachel Barrett.  I write because I love to write - nonfiction, fiction, romantic fiction, poetry. If you're reading this, thank you so much. Hope you'll try my  books.

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  • File Size: 1268 KB
  • Print Length: 16 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NU62EA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,299 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julia Barrett was born into an landed family in Northumbria in 1689. She was raised by a governess in the typical fashion of the time until, when Miss Barrett was aged 13, her mother died in a unfortunate sausage-cart accident, after which her father, driven mad by grief, began to raise her as a son, cutting her long tresses, dressing her in trousers, and enrolling her in school.

She quickly showed an affinity for writing which was encouraged by the headmaster who saw in her a return to the classical English style that was, at the time, being overwhelmed by the popular realism style growing in the Continent. With the headmaster's help, Barrett was able to publish some short essays and dramas, but to little acclaim.

It was while attending university that Barrett, bound for a career as a male English instructor, discovered a new pride in womanhood brought about by a chance meeting with Henry Carey, a talented satirist five years her junior.

Though their relationship was brief, it provided Barrett with a great sense of confidence, both in her gender and her talent. She never returned to her earlier masquerade of masculinity.

Barrett's writing took on a new focus, writing romance from the point-of-view of her heroines. This new style was both highly controversial and highly popular, and would go on to make her a household name even to this day.

Julia Barrett died in 1766. Originally it was believed she died of syphilis, but further research has debunked this theory. This was likely a rumor spread by her detractors. Recent studies point to a congenital heart defect.

She was survived by fourteen children, all adopted from Africa.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Richards TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 12, 2012
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What is it about our parents that when they get older, they seem to lose that verbal filter, and anything or everything they say is awkward or embarrassing for us? I guess it may be payback for the times we caused a fuss when we were children, as if our roles have now been reversed. I couldn't help but see my own parents in this story: the dad who whispers loudly, drawing even more attention to something that shouldn't be vocalized, and the mom who always seems to find something to fret or to complain about.

Told in first-person from a much put-upon daughter's POV, this short story is very much a study in patience and forbearance, and really, a study in love, most of all. Even as it focuses on those family quirks you may have to choke down with a couple of aspirin, the tone of this story is gently honest and funny and never mean-spirited. It's a very nicely told slice of life story many readers will identify with- just a dinner with the parents that seems to exemplify all that is good but tiresome about those we love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dales on September 6, 2012
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Just lovely! Wayy too short, but definately sweet, funny and realistic. This is an excellent short story. 6 stars! And two thumbs way up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JAScribbles on February 13, 2012
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I've read a lot of short stories recently and this is one of the best. If you have kids or aging parents, you will enjoy this story. At one point I was sure the author was channeling my mother. I'm sure many of you will feel that way too.

A fun, quick read (about 250 Kindle locations). I had a good laugh and will definitely look for more books by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jwmanus on November 5, 2011
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A delightful short story about mothers and daughters, and how we love best even those who drive us crazy. Barrett's writing is crisp and witty and her observations about inter-generational relationships is spot on. A winner!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JLT on February 11, 2012
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A wonderful short story about a dinner I think we can all relate to at one table or another. This story by J. R. Barrett is a quick, enjoyable read.
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