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The facts of life
Graham Joyce
Adult Fiction JOYCE

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Summary: Winner of the 2003 World Fantasy Award Graham Joyce chronicles a haunting, war-torn terrain in this heartrending novel of one family's quest to begin again -- without forgetting the lives they left behind. "The Facts of Life" Set in Coventry, England, during and immediately after World War II, "The Facts of Life" revolves around the early years of Frank Arthur Vine, the illegitimate son of young, free-spirited Cassie and an American GI. Because Cassie is too unreliable and unstable to act as his proper guardian -- and is prone to "blue" periods in which she wanders off without warning or recollection -- Frank is brought up in the care of his strong-willed, stout-drinking grandmother, Martha Vine, who has, among other homemaking talents, the untoward ability to communicate with the dead. So begins the first decade of Frank's life, one in which ghosts have a place at the table and divine order dictates the outcome of his days. Along the way there are brief stays with each of his sixeccentric aunts, visits to the local mortuary, and voices inside of his own head that suggest that he, too, has the gift of supernatural intuiti


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main characters Martha Vine
Female
Married
Practical; mother of seven daughters.

Cassie Vine
Female
Single mother
Martha's youngest daughter; unstable.

Frank Vine
Male
Age: Child
Illegitimate
Cassie's son and second child.



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