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A Gate at the Stairs (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 01/10/2009
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With America quietly gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, a 'half-Jewish' farmer's daughter from the plains of the Midwest, has come to university - escaping her provincial home to encounter the complex world of culture and politics. When she takes a job as a part-time nanny to a couple who seem at once mysterious and glamorous, Tassie is drawn into the life of their newly-adopted child and increasingly complicated household. As her past becomes increasingly alien to her - her parents seem older when she visits; her disillusioned brother ever more fixed on joining the military - Tassie finds herself becoming a stranger to herself. As the year unfolds, love leads her to new and formative experiences - but it is then that the past and the future burst forth in dramatic and shocking ways. Refracted through the eyes of this memorable narrator, "A Gate at the Stairs" is a lyrical, beguiling and wise novel of our times.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571195305
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 240 x 161 x 28 mm

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“A stimulating read”

Tassie Keltjin is a young woman who is obviously not sure in which direction her life is taking her. She longs to escape her small town home life and moves to a nearby town to start university. Her heart does not seem... More

Paperback edition
30th March 2010
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“A good start but...”

I had high hopes for this book but after a good beginning, something vanishes from the plot and never returns. Tassie is a student looking for a part-time job. She advertises as a babysitter, and is hired by Sarah... More

Paperback edition
20th April 2010
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“A Gate at the Stairs”

This is a book that is almost too wordy to be endured. I really disliked it - the writer constantly intervenes in the narrative as the principal character Tassie Keltjin chimes in with her specious comments and... More

Paperback edition
31st March 2010
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