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The Meaning of Children by [Akerman, Beverly]
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Length: 230 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews


"A luminous talent...A keen, incisive vision into the hidden world of children as well as intimate knowledge of the secret spaces that exist between the everyday events of life. A work with a brilliant sense of story."
~JoAnne Soper-Cook, Judge, 2010 David Adams Richards Prize

"Profound...a writer of  such substance that she is obviously headed tothe top echelon  of writers of our time...a book of rare sensitivity and masterful creative writing [that] must surely be shared with as manyfriends and fellow readers as possible."
~Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer, ***** (5 stars)

"I can't stop thinking about this book...I can't remember a book, let alone a collection of short stories, where I could identify so heavily with the emotions and feelings of the characters."
~Martin Crosbie, author of My Temporary Life, ***** (5 stars)

"Remarkable in its intensity and craft, The Meaning ofChildren is a book that bears discovering, and Akerman a writer to watch."
~ Samuel Peralta, poet, author of SonataVampirica and other books, ***** (5 stars)

"This isn't the invented childhood of imagination and wonderment...[here] children both corrupt and redeem: each other, family relationships and the female body."
~Katie Hewitt, The Globe & Mail

"Loved your book; read it in one sitting."
~Mutsumi Takahashi, Anchor, CTV News Montreal

"...this lovely little book, short stories about life in a family that might just resemble yours...A wonderful gift for mother's day, perhaps more long lived than the usual cut flowers."
~Anne Lagacé Dowson, CJAD Radio

From the Author

Captures pivotal moments in the under-appreciated world of girls &women. Childhood, adolescence, parenthood, or life as a whole, disparate decades and narrative voices braided together by themes of sex, death,and social prejudice.

And love, always love...a girl discovers a fear of heights as her parents' marriage unravels; a thirty-somethingventure fund manager frets over his daughter's paternity; an orphanwhose hands kill whatever they touch is accused of homophobia; a motherof two can only bear to consider abortion in the second person; the wife of a retirement-aged professor finds him unconscious near hiscomputer...The Meaning Of Children speaks to all who--though aware the world can be a very dark place--can't help but long for redemption.

Product details

  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007H067R6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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