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Flower Children

Swann, Maxine (Book - 2008)
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Penguin Putnam
?A work of stunning lyricism and intense originality?(Mary Gordon, author of Pearl). From an award-winning short story writer comes this spare, lively, moving novel, quickly embraced by critics and readers, portraying the strangely celebrated and unsupervised childhood of four hippie offspring in the 1970s and 80s. Based on the author?s own upbringing, Flower Children tells the story of four children growing up in rural Pennsylvania, impossibly at odds with their surroundings. In time, as the sheltered utopia their parents have created begins to collapse, the children long for structure and restraint?and all their parents have avoided.



Baker & Taylor
A full-length work inspired by the multiple award-winning short story follows the experiences of four siblings as they grow up in rural Pennsylvania under the guidance of devoutly hippie parents who believe in life without limits, a situation that involves innocence-compromising freedoms. Reprint.

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Follows the experiences of four siblings as they grow up in rural Pennsylvania under the guidance of devoutly hippie parents who believe in life without limits, a situation that involves innocence-compromising freedoms.

Authors: Swann, Maxine
Statement of Responsibility: Maxine Swann
Title: Flower children
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Riverhead Books, 2008, c2007
Edition: 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: 211 p. ; 18 cm.
Subject Headings: United States History 1969- Fiction Bildungsromans Hippies Family relationships Fiction
Topical Term: Bildungsromans
Hippies
LCCN: 2006039269
ISBN: 1594483116
9781594483110
Branch Call Number: FIC S
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Comment by: NYPLRecommends Jul 28, 2014

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What child longs for rules? In Flower Children, four siblings grow up in rural Pennsylvania under the “guidance” of their devoutly hippie parents. This semblance of a novel is not only interesting for its construction of stories into a novel, but also for its keen empathy and dre... Read More »


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What child longs for rules? In Flower Children, four siblings grow up in rural Pennsylvania under the “guidance” of their devoutly hippie parents. This semblance of a novel is not only interesting for its construction of stories into a novel, but also for its keen empathy and dreamy sense of place. Good choice for readers who loved The Virgin Suicides.
- Lynn Lobash, Readers Services

Jul 27, 2011
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Read Glass Castle instead. It is a much more involved and moving story. This one is rather bland, forgettable characters. The only redeeming point is that it is a fast read. Not much substance though.

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