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Another Life Altogether

by Elaine Beale

Doubleday Canada | September 7, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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A profoundly moving, heartrending story of a girl''s struggle to love her mother in spite of her frightening mental illness

After years of living in the shadow of her mother''s mental illness, thirteen-year-old Jesse Bennett is given a fresh chance at happiness when her family moves to a village near the coast of Northern England. But just when it seems Jesse might be able to build a new life, her mother''s worsening mental state and the secret Jesse fiercely guards about herself threaten to destroy the fragile stability she has found. Caught in the tempest of her mother''s moods, her father''s desperation, and the cruel social hierarchies ruling her school life, Jesse is forced to choose between doing what''s right and preserving the normal life she''s always hoped for.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.17 × 5.67 × 0.87 in

Published: September 7, 2010

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038566768X

ISBN - 13: 9780385667685

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Another Life Altogether

by Elaine Beale

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.17 × 5.67 × 0.87 in

Published: September 7, 2010

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038566768X

ISBN - 13: 9780385667685

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Chapter One The day after my mother was admitted to the mental hospital, I told everyone at school that she had entered a competition on the back of a Corn Flakes box and won a cruise around the world. “How long will she be gone?” asked Julie Fraser, who sat among the girls crowding eagerly around me during morning registration. “Months,” I said. “Months and months.” I looked at her slightly sad, but mostly dreamy, as if I were already imagining my mother floating across a wide blue ocean to a life of adventure that none of us there could have. Julie made her big brown eyes even bigger and ran the tip of her tongue over her glossed lips. “God, she’s lucky,” she said, leaning closer to me. “Yes,” I said, wondering how I might always make her look at me like that. “So which parts of the world is she going to?” Jimmy Crandall craned his skinny neck across his desk. My eyes left Julie’s as I let myself consider this for a moment, frowning as I tried to evoke the expression of someone struggling to recall a busy cruise-ship itinerary—all those ports of call, day trips, deck-side activities, and dinners at the captain’s table. “I’m not sure,” I answered, not wanting to be caught out by my uncertain grasp of geography. I knew, of course, that Britain was an island, and I had a relatively decent notion of the jumble of countries that made up Europe, but beyond that it was
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A profoundly moving, heartrending story of a girl''s struggle to love her mother in spite of her frightening mental illness

After years of living in the shadow of her mother''s mental illness, thirteen-year-old Jesse Bennett is given a fresh chance at happiness when her family moves to a village near the coast of Northern England. But just when it seems Jesse might be able to build a new life, her mother''s worsening mental state and the secret Jesse fiercely guards about herself threaten to destroy the fragile stability she has found. Caught in the tempest of her mother''s moods, her father''s desperation, and the cruel social hierarchies ruling her school life, Jesse is forced to choose between doing what''s right and preserving the normal life she''s always hoped for.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

ELAINE BEALE is the winner of the 2007 Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange Contest. Originally from England, Beale studied creative writing at the University of British Columbia. She has lived in California for twenty years.


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Editorial Reviews

"Another Life Altogether captivated me from the very first page. Dazzling in its authenticity and utterly absorbing, it is an uplifting story about adolescence, family, and finding one''s place in the world. With the character of Jesse Bennett, Elaine Beale manages to create hope and humor in an otherwise turbulent world. It is a rare, insightful, and gorgeously written novel."
-Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

"Elaine Beale is an extraordinary writer, and Another Life Altogether is heartbreaking and hilarious all at once, as only life can be."
-Sandra Cisneros

"Sparkling. Beale [reveals] a mature talent with a sharp eye for both the intricacies of the surface detail and the complexities of the inner life. [She] reminds us that writing, always potentially dangerous, also confers grace, and that with the power of the word, we all have the potential to become the heroines of our own lives."
-Boston Globe
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