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Claiming Georgia Tate (Amateau, Gigi) Hardcover – May 24, 2005
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Grade 8 Up–Having been told that her mother is dead, 12-year-old Georgia Tate Jamison has enjoyed an idyllic childhood in the warm embrace of her maternal grandparents. When her mostly absent father demands that she vacation with him and his new wife, Sissy, in Florida, Reverend and Mrs. Tate reluctantly allow him to assert his parental rights. Soon, Georgia calls her grandmother for rescue from her father's sexual advances. The Tates come for her immediately, but neither Georgia nor her grandmother can bring herself to tell anyone else what has happened. Then the girl learns that her mother is not dead, but has left after being discharged from an insane asylum, and Nana suddenly passes away. Believing he is doing the right thing, Grandfather Tate sends her to be with her father. Infuriated by the obvious sexual seduction, Sissy kicks them out, and Georgia finds herself in a filthy apartment, hoping her father will get drunk enough each night to leave her alone. As she is more severely sexually battered, Tamika, a transvestite, helps her. Amateau offers numerous well-developed characters including positive male role models in her grandfather and an unlikely ex-con who befriends her on the bus. The '70s social pecking order seen through Georgia's eyes is unvarnished and truthful. From the smell of the fish frying at home to the feasts offered at summer revivals, this novel is very Southern, yet universal in essence. Encompassing terrible things, this is still a story of faith and differing facets of individual spirituality. A moving first offering.–Cindy Darling Codell, formerly at Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY
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"Gigi Amateau's voice is captivating and original, and the story of Georgia Tate is fresh, funny, honest, and brutally painful. I was hooked on the first page and couldn't put the book down until I'd finished. Then I read it again. That's the kind of book this is. You may close it but you won't ever forget it."
Top customer reviews
Through everything that goes on Georgia Tate doesn't seem to know much of anything nor does she ask questions or seem curious about much. She's so passive about stuff.
This book is marketed to teens but don't waste your time on it. There are other books with the same sort of subject matter that are written better, have things implied rather than shown, don't have swear words and are more believable.