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''Lucy Day's story of her life as a teenage mother and beyond is one of the great American contemporary memoirs.''
--Herbert Gold, author of Fathers: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir
''Told with self-lacerating honesty and unvarnished prose that rises on command to poetic intensity...[Day's] autobiographical quest, an anguished yet often touching family chronicle spanning three generations, transports the narrator across badlands of emotional chaos on her improbable route to domestic serenity and high accomplishments in both the arts and sciences.''
--Richard Kluger, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Ashes to Ashes
''Day's memoir proves that truth isn't just stranger than fiction, it can be astonishing. The author went from teenage wild child and biker chick to prize-winning poet and holder of four advanced degrees. The mature Lucy writes about this unlikely trajectory with clarity, wit, and affection for her younger self, a fourteen-year-old child bride and a disaster waiting to happen. You won't find a more likable voice on the page, or a tale with a more satisfying ending. Parents of teenage forces of nature, take heart.''
--Cyra McFadden, author of The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County
''Married at Fourteen catches a social class that is uniquely American but resonates with what I know of working people worldwide. Although the rebellion against mothers is universal, Day carries it to a new extreme. And yet the tone is calm, upbeat, and humorous, and she emerges a confident, strong woman whose values are tested and clarified in this exceptional memoir.''
--Leo Litwak, author of The Medic: Life and Death in the Last Days of WWII
''The saga Married at Fourteen is many things: both a cautionary tale and a tale of redemption, a multigenerational account of the passing of an era, a parable of the Prodigal Daughter, a gripping narrative rendered from a tenacious memory, a scientist's precision, and an artist's sensitivity. Parents should read this book, teachers and counselors, dreamers and seekers, anyone who wants to read a book that once you pick up you'll find hard to put down. While you will not condone all of Lucille Lang Day's actions--she does not expect you to--you will understand, sympathize, and perhaps sometimes see yourself more clearly.''
--Adam David Miller, winner of PEN/Oakland's Josephine Miles National Literary Award for 2011 Lifetime Achievement and author of Ticket to Exile
''An honest and engaging memoir about a spirited woman who always knew what she wanted, even when--especially when--it was bad for her. Lucille Lang Day's successful quest for fulfillment in romance, marriage, motherhood, education, and career makes a fascinating read.''
--Molly Giles, author of Iron Shoes
''Day gives eloquent voice to the teenager she once was--precocious, beautiful, hungry for love and adventure, disrespectful of conventions, adept at getting into serious trouble. Her memoir is sexy, funny and endearingly honest...It challenges the conventional wisdom that a teenage mom and dropout has no future and reminds us that rebellious kids who defy authority may become--as has Day--the innovators and creators that our culture needs.'' --Naomi Ruth Lowinsky, Ph.D., M.F.T., author of The Motherline
Lucille Lang Day has published creative nonfiction in The Hudson Review, the Istanbul Literary Review, Passages North, the River Oak Review, the Willow Review, and many other journals. She is the recipient of the Willow Review Award in Creative Nonfiction and a Notable Essay citation in Best American Essays. She is also the author of a children's book, Chain Letter, and eight poetry collections and chapbooks, including The Curvature of Blue, Infinities, and The Book of Answers. Her first poetry collection, Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope, received the Joseph Henry Jackson Award. She received an M.A. in English and an M.F.A. in creative writing at San Francisco State University, and then an M.A. in zoology and a Ph.D. in science and mathematics education at the University of California, Berkeley. The founder and director of a small press, Scarlet Tanager Books, she also served for seventeen years as the director of the Hall of Health, an interactive children's museum in Berkeley.
It is an ancient trope: the child feels that she (or he) has been somehow placed in the wrong household, that the very fiber of her soul is finer than the coarse stuff comprising... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Claire Ortalda
Lucille Lang Day’s remarkable memoir, Married At Fourteen, is a breathtaking page-turner that will (Warning!) keep you reading far into the night. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Belden Johnson
Bought this for a book club read and stopped reading about 50 pages into the book. It was so childishly written I had to stop. Thebook club members felt the same way. Read morePublished 19 months ago by D. Vita
Book Review: Married at Fourteen by Lucille Day
I highly recommend Lucille Lang Day’s novel, Married at Fourteen. Read more
This is an autobiography about a girl who wanted to get married and was boy crazy early on. She wanted to get away from her mother, but as time goes on she learns so much more... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Justice Pirate
The first few chapters were hard for me to read because the author gave detailed information of a young undisciplined life, and her hate for her mother. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Eléna Martina
Married at Fourteen is a surprisingly good read, an honest account of mistakes made during a strange time in America. Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by Patti T.
I had been looking for this kind of story (memoir) for a long time. I'm glad I read Married at Fourteen; it relates a story that's believable and authentic. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by sonia