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A Gate at the Stairs (Paperback)
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A Gate at the Stairs (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 22/04/2010
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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: 9780571249466
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 261 g
Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 15 mm
Edition: Main

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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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