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Child of My Heart
Child of My Heart
Author: Alice McDermott
In Alice McDermott's first work of fiction since her best-selling, National Book Award-winning Charming Billy, a woman recalls her fifteenth summer with the wry and bittersweet wisdom of hindsight. — The beautiful child of older parents, raised on the eastern end of Long Island, Theresa is her town's most sought-after babysitter--cheerful, poised...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312422912
ISBN-10: 0312422911
Publication Date: 11/15/2003
Pages: 256
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 61 ratings
Publisher: Picador
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
We all would have liked to have had a babysitter as wonderful as this kind young woman. Taking care of rich summer people's children gives this heroine wonderful experiences in growing up and adds a richness to her own young life. Really nice audiobook.
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Helpful Score: 2
***SPOILER*** I wanted to finish the book because I wanted to see the ending but I did not like it at all. If you are an animal lover, you will need to skip over the detailed 3 or 4 pages about a cat getting hit by a car and in detail every article of clothing its blood was on. Also, The 15 year old was constantly groped by grown men who she was a babysitter for and this continued the entire book. She did not tell her father or hull off and slap him. The girls' days were very repetitive. Quick book to read
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Helpful Score: 1
Coming-of-age novel showing the summer for a girl and her life on the shore baby-sitting and caring for a cousin who is in failing health. The parents plan their life around giving every advantage to their beautiful daughter. The author gives insight and grace to everyday life in Theresa's summer season.
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This was an adult version of the Babysitter's club series. I'm not sure what the point of the novel was or what exactly happened to Daisy.
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Pretty good book. Kept me reading to see where it was going (with the characters)
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This book was recommended to me via FABIL, and it was a dud. I think it must have been recommended b/c I like ann patchett's writing. Alice McDermott is an Ann Patchett wannabe. The story was distractingly unrealistic, full of awkward metaphors and odd descriptions. I gave it 1.5 stars because it has a racy subplot that involves the unrealistically sweet and capable 15 year old protagonist seducing an elderly, world famous painter (with rotting teeth). When near-miss statuatory rape is the highlight of a book, you know it's time to move on.
The senseless, gruesome deaths of numerous scruffy little animals provide a not particularly subtle foil to the main plot line.