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When We Get There (edition 2008)
by Shauna Seliy
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"Over the course of one winter in 1974, in the coal-mining town of Banning, Pennsylvania, the youngest member of a large and boisterous Eastern European family takes it upon himself to find his mother, who has recently disappeared without explanation." "Lucas, an only child whose father died in a coal-mine blast, lives with the legacy of loss. Despite his heavy inheritance, Lucas is just a curious thirteen-year-old trying to make sense of the world around him. He shuttles between the homes of his family elders, whose old-world ways he can't quite understand. He explores the industrial detritus of the town's defunct mines. He befriends the son of the local Croatian club owner." "When Zoli, Lucas's mother's estranged boyfriend, comes back into the picture, violence and retribution escalate until no one, especially Lucas, is safe. As Lucas struggles to find his place in this unsettling landscape, his extended family and close-knit ethnic community circle around him."--BOOK JACKET.
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