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The Sharp Time

by Mary O'Connell

The Sharp Time by Mary O'Connell
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2011
    240 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Sandinista Jones is a high school senior with a punk rock name and a broken heart. The death of her single mother has left Sandinista alone in the world, subject to the random vulnerability of everyday life. When the school system lets her down, her grief and instability intensify, and she ponders a violent act of revenge.
Still, in the midst of her crisis, she gets a job at The Pale Circus, a funky vintage clothing shop and finds friendship and camaraderie with her coworker, a boy struggling with his own secrets.
Even as Sandinista sees the failures of those with power and authority, she's offered the chance to survive through the redemptive power of friendship. Now she must choose between faith and forgiveness or violence and vengeance.

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"Starred Review. O'Connell shows exceptional skill in building tension and creating atmosphere, particularly that of the neighborhood where Sandinista works. Minor characters... add color, depth, and comic relief." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Palpable grief plus irreverent humor equal one extraordinary debut novel... Sharp storytelling indeed." - Kirkus Reviews

"Mary O'Connell has given us a bright, energetic heroine who manages to keep a sense of humor despite suffering some very hard knocks." - BookPage

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Mary O'Connell is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and the author of the short story collection, Living With Saints. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in several literary magazines, and she is the recipient of a James Michener Fellowship and a Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award. The Sharp Time is her first novel.

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