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My real children, Jo Walton

Label
My real children
Title
My real children
Statement of responsibility
Jo Walton
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It's 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. "Confused today," read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know-what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev. Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War, those were solid things. But after that, did she marry Mark or not? Did her friends all call her Trish, or Pat? Had she been a housewife who escaped a terrible marriage after her children were grown, or a successful travel writer with homes in Britain and Italy? And the moon outside her window: does it host a benign research station, or a command post bristling with nuclear missiles?
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Title
My real children
Creator
Summary
Ninety-year-old Patricia Cowan has two sets of memories, not to mention two different families who come to visit her in the nursing home (where her room sometimes has navy blue curtains, sometimes pale green blinds). Although her caregivers believe that she suffers from dementia, Patricia suspects that her life decisions may, in fact, have changed history and created two distinct, branching timelines. In one reality, "Trish" becomes an unhappily married mother of four with an abiding interest in local politics; in the other, "Pat" becomes a writer, finding love and happiness with a woman named Bee. Which world, if any, is "real" -- and does it even matter? -- Description by Gillian Speace
Subject
Genre
Story line
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • RUSA Reading List, 2015.
  • Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, 2014.
  • James Tiptree, Jr. Award, 2014.
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10304591
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6073.A448
LC item number
M9 2014
Literary form
fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
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Jo Walton
My real children, Jo Walton

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