The Age of Consent

The Age of Consent

Book - 1995
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Ted and Maisie's parents moved to the community of Blackberry Mountain in upstate New York, full of hope for the future; they would live a wholesome life rooted in the natural world, free from social constraints and the ugly urban climate of the early seventies. But all this changes when Maisie, age fifteen, stands poised at the top of a waterfall on the Fourth of July, looking down over the family, friends, and neighbors for whom she is an emblem - young, free-spirited, and irreverent - before plunging headfirst into the shallow pool, doing herself injuries that will mark them all forever. This purposeful and defiant act is the mystery her younger brother will devote his life to solving. And as Ted investigates his relationship with his sister and parents and community, he gradually uncovers difficult truths long unsuspected or willfully unacknowledged.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1995
ISBN: 0679406387
Branch Call Number: FIC WOLFF
Characteristics: 226 p

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 27, 2014

The sins of parents are visited on their children in this superb novel. A teenager's attempted suicide leads her younger brother years later on a quest into his family's past. Avoiding melodrama, Wolff tells about the past as it was lived and as it is misremembered, and about self-fulfilment and self-delusion. A thoughtful exploration of the damage done in the name of love.

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