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My Real Children - Jo Walton
My Real Children
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It’s 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. “Confused today,” read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know—what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four... show more
It’s 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. “Confused today,” read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know—what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev.Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War—those were solid things. But after that, did she marry Mark or not? Did her friends all call her Trish, or Pat? Had she been a housewife who escaped a terrible marriage after her children were grown, or a successful travel writer with homes in Britain and Italy? And the moon outside her window: does it host a benign research station, or a command post bristling with nuclear missiles?Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs. Jo Walton's My Real Children is the tale of both of Patricia Cowan’s lives...and of how every life means the entire world.​
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780765332653 (0765332655)
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
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3.0 My Real Children, by Jo Walton
What if. What if. What if. This question drives to much fiction, but we rarely see it overtly addressed. Books like Kate Atkinson’s stunning Life After Life are few and far between, unfortunately for me. Jo Walton’s My Real Children, while not as wildly experimental as Life After Life, gave me anoth...
Folding Paper & Spilling Ink
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4.0 My Real Children: Or if Sliding Doors and Atwood had a brainchild
This book wasn't what I expected, though if you asked me what I *had* expected I'm not sure I'd have been able to pin down precisely what those expectations were. I can say it was simultaneously more sci-fi and far less sci-fi than I expected. More in that the divergent timelines were both set in al...
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4.0 My Real Children
Patricia Cowan is 88 (or is it 89?), in a nursing home, and both she and her nurses are aware that she is (as they put it) "Very Confused." She insists that there's an elevator, but sometimes there's only a stair lift. Sometimes the bathroom is on the left, and sometimes it's on the right. She fo...
Reading for Sanity
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4.0 My Real Children
My Real Children Jo Walton, 2014 Patricia Cowen sees that the note the nurses have written in her chart says “Confused Today.” She’s often confused, from forgetting major events to where she put her glasses. But she also remembers things that don’t seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and ...
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4.5 My Real Children / Jo Walton
It's 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. "Confused today," read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know—what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don’t seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four chi...
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