Mister Posterior and the Genius Child
A Barnes & Noble's Winter Discover New Writers pick! Woodstock was over. The Beatles had just broken up. Sesame Street was new. And people in Cambridge, Massachusetts were getting in touch with their feelings. It was 1970, the year Vanessa Brick was picked as a Super Duper Speller for the... show more
A Barnes & Noble's Winter Discover New Writers pick! Woodstock was over. The Beatles had just broken up. Sesame Street was new. And people in Cambridge, Massachusetts were getting in touch with their feelings. It was 1970, the year Vanessa Brick was picked as a Super Duper Speller for the Cambridge Harmony School. In this novel from a brilliant new voice in fiction, a now-grown Vanessa looks back on a time that was less innocent than it seemed… I remember how it was to be eight. I remember the playground rhymes, the fierce cliques, and the girls we called “The Fu**ers.” That year was the year my mother adopted an unprecedented number of cats and dated an ardent nudist. I finally found out the truth about my father and his anti-vegetarianism; and my only close friend became a person I didn’t know. It was also the first time I was conscious of myself as a person with secrets; as a freethinking human being with something to say. Something not everyone wanted to hear. The year I was eight I became the most notorious child in the history of the Cambridge Harmony PTA…
Publish date: December 3rd 2002
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
What a wonderful quirky story. I grew up in roughly the same time period, but we were a little closer to the forced integration of the big cities than the touchy-feely world of this novel.Vanessa is a wonderful 8-year old character and her observations and experiences are a lot of fun. I wondered wh...
I've always been fascinated with the 60's. This book seems to me to accurately use that time as a backdrop for the story, to truthfully show the sixties as a time of deep confusion about values. Vanessa, ...