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Original Sins (original 1981; edition 1982)

by Lisa Alther

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Title:Original Sins
Authors:Lisa Alther
Info:Signet Books (1982), Hardcover
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Dedication of a grapefruit: A lemon
that had a chance
and took advantage of it.

Oscar Wilde
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For my friends and family,
who've given me so much help on this book,
and so much joy in my life
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The Five had always known they were special.
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VIRAGO EDITION:
They call themselves 'The Five' - Sally and Emily Prince, Jed and Raymond Tatro, and Donny. As children of the 1960s they are filled with wild ambition, determined to live gaudy, expensive lives. But the 1960s see them growing up and moving on - into sex, love, marriage and politics - and the painful knowledge that some vows are meant to be broken.
Original Sins is a wonderfully moving evocation of childhood, a send-up of 1960s high school life, a satire on Southern rednecks and Northern liberals and, ultimately, a lyrical, ironic and bittersweet tale of the South.
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They call themselves "The Five" -- Sally and Emily Prince and Jed, Raymond, and Donny Tatro. Convinced they are special, they spend their Tennessee childhoods trading dreams in the branches of the Castle Tree. As children of the fifties, they are filled with wild ambitions and determined to live gaudy, glamorous lives. Lisa Alther's brilliant, broad-canvas story follows them from childhood to adulthood. The ties that bind them begin to dissolve when they become teenagers, yet the vibrant story continues -- and each member of The Five travels in a direction that he or she could have never anticipated. In this intelligent and heartbreaking novel, Alther brings to life not only the passions of her characters, but the fantasies and follies of an entire generation as well

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Five friends-- Sally, Emily, Jed, Raymond, and Donny-- spend their Tennessee childhoods trading dreams in the branches of the Castle Tree. As children of the 1950s, they are filled with wild ambitions and determined to live gaudy, glamorous lives. The ties that bind them begin to dissolve when they become teenagers, yet the story continues-- and each of these old friends travels in a direction that he or she could have never anticipated.… (more)

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