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Up from the Blue

A Novel

by Susan Henderson

Up from the Blue
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    Oct 2010, 336 pages

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Jennifer Dawson Oakes

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An extraordinary debut from a talented new voice

Up From the Blue is Susan Henderson's debut novel. She has gifted readers with a poignant story of family, resilience and hope. Tillie Harris speaks to us from 1991 but most of the narrative is spent reflecting on the year 1975; a time of banana seat bicycles, the growing feminist movement, school desegregation, and upheaval within the Harris family.

Back in 1975, Tillie's father is in the military, he is rigid (though not uncaring) and regimented by nature. When his wife Mara, Tillie's mother, falls into a deep depression he does not understand what is wrong with her so lobs out words like "lazy", "stubborn" and "helpless".  The family is truly scrambling in an effort to keep the illusion of togetherness while trying to come to grips with Mara's inability to function as a wife and mother.

Mara is an interesting character. Henderson has done a great job ...

About the Author
Susan Henderson is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the founder of the literary blog LitPark: Where Writers Come to Play. Her work has appeared in Zoetrope, the Pittsburgh Quarterly, North Atlantic Review, Opium, and many other publications. She lives in New York.

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