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published: Apr 2011
ISBN:9781554810543
publisher: Freehand Books

And Me Among Them

by Kristen den Hartog

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list price: $21.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
category: Fiction
published: Apr 2011
ISBN:9781554810543
publisher: Freehand Books
Description

Ruth grew too fast.

A young girl over seven feet tall, she struggles to conceal the physical and mental symptoms of her rapid growth, to connect with other children, and to appease her parents, Elspeth, an English seamstress who lost her family to the war, and James, a mailman rethinking his devotion to his wife. Not knowing how to help Ruth, Elspeth and James turn inward, away from one another. As their marriage falters, Ruth finds herself increasingly drawn to Suzy, the dangerous girl next door.

Ruth is not precocious, nor a prodigy, but her extraordinary size affords her extraordinary vision: a bird's-eye perspective that allows her not just to remember but to watch her past play out. Possessing an uncanny ability to intuit the emotional secrets of her family's past and present, Ruth gently surfaces Elspeth and James's vulnerabilities, their regrets, and their deepest longings.

About the Author

Kristen den Hartog

Kristen den Hartog is the author of several books including The Perpetual Ending (Knopf, 2003), as well as And Me Among Them (Freehand Books, 2011), which won the Alberta Book Publishing Award for Trade Fiction. She lives in Toronto.

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Contributor Notes

Kristen den Hartog is the author of the novels Water Wings, The Perpetual Ending, and Origin of Haloes. Her most recent book, The Occupied Garden: A Family Memoir of War-torn Holland, was written with her sister, Tracy Kasaboski, and explores the life of their father's family during the Second World War. Kristen lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.

Awards
  • Short-listed, Trillium Award
  • Winner, Alberta Trade Fiction Book of the Year
Editorial Reviews

"The novel is emotionally exquisite and heartfelt, and captures the madness of parenting in an utterly unique twist on the first-person point of view." - The Globe and Mail


"The novel is emotionally exquisite and heartfelt, and captures the madness of parenting in an utterly unique twist on the first-person point of view." - The Globe and Mail

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Reader Reviews

Wonderfully poignant

A wonderfully poignant book about a little girl who grows too fast; how she copes with her family who love her but are helpless to know what to do, and the schoolmates who tease and humiliate her. It is not a sad book but is very emotional and shows how being different can be so hard and yet be hopeful that things will eventually turn out well.

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