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The Wild
The Wild
Author: Esther Freud
ISBN-13: 9780140288957
ISBN-10: 0140288953
Publication Date: 7/6/2001
Pages: 247
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Publisher: Gardners Books
Book Type: Paperback
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It is the 70s. In an old bakery converted into a home, two single-parent families have come together under one roof. For nine-year-old Tess it is a new start and she sees in William--the tall, blond guitar-playing father of three--both the father she craves and a lover for her mother, Francine. Her brothr Jake, however, feels nothing for William but contempt.

When Francine becomes involved with William, Tess--eager to share in their love--tries to please the adults as well as win Jake round. But Tess soon finds that good intentions don't always bring happiness and that adults are sometimes capable of making mistakes...

A beautiful book, savage and tender by turns. Nobody else can write this well about the bravery and the sad wisdom of children. Freud has a remarkable gift for creating fictional children.