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My Old Sweetheart Paperback – July 29, 1997

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"Susanna Moore's novel astonished me--one of those brilliant objects that come along only rarely, all light on clear water, and then one realizes the faster currents underneath, the terrible swiftness of sex and time. "
--Joan Didion

In this mesmerizing novel, Susanna Moore displays a naturalist's eye for the landscape of her native Hawaii and an uncanny sensitivity to the despairing love between mothers and daughters. Lily Shields grows up amid the fragrance of night-jasmine and burning sugar cane, and the heady atmosphere of her mother's madness. For if Anna Shields is an island unto herself--fragile, glamorous, and fearfully needy--Lily is the bridge that connects her to reality.

But now Lily is a young woman and a mother herself, self-exiled from Hawaii but still attached to Anna's tragedy. And as she tries to untangle those threads of love and loyalty, Moore gives us a novel of shimmering beauty and sadness. My Old Sweetheart is a small classic, perfectly formed and mysteriously wise.

"Susanna Moore is a gifted and compelling novelist . . .  in possession of her own unique voice."
--The New York Times Book Review

"I can't recall another novel like this about mothers and daughters. . . . Lily's mysterious, half-told tale delighted and touched me."
--Susan Lydon, Village Voice
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (July 29, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679776419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679776413
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By karen kate balnig on January 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
my old sweetheart is a beautifully written story about the complexity of human relationships and the richness of human experiences. It was presented in a 12-year old girl's perspective of issues such as disillusionment, adultery,and , suicide.
A very moving story that is totally unsentimental.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1998
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Susanna Moore's strength is her mapping of physical and mental landscapes. Wonderful tropical Hawaii provides the setting for this tale of the life of an exotic, eccentric and highly dysfunctional family. Sensual and sad but not as precise and overwhelming as "In the Cut".
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This is an excruciatingly lovely, heartbreaking story of a girl's coming of age while her mother (and her parents' marriage) unravels at arm's length. The autobiographical underpinnings of the story make it as heartfelt as pitch perfect as it could be. Off-topic, my experience of Susanna Moore is also that she is utterly approachable, hilariously candid, and definitely pro-female. Sounds like an earlier reviewer didn't get close enough to experience the real Ms. Moore.
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