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Plum & Jaggers (Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries) by [Shreve, Susan Richards]
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About the Author

Susan Richards Shreve is the author of several novels, including A Student of Living Things and You Are the Love of My Life, as well as the memoir Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood at FDR’s Polio Haven. She has also written dozens of children’s books, including The Lovely Shoes, and is the co-editor or editor of five anthologies. Shreve founded the MFA degree at George Mason University, where she is a professor of English and present co-chairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She has also taught at Columbia School of the Arts and Princeton University for the MFA programs. Among her numerous accolades are the Guggenheim Award for Fiction, the Grub Street Prize in Non-Fiction, and the Service Award from Poets & Writers. She lives and writes in Washington, DC.

Nancy Pearl is a librarian and lifelong reader. She regularly comments on books on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Her books include 2003’s Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason, 2005’s More Book Lust: 1,000 New Reading Recommendations for Every Mood, Moment and Reason; Book Crush: For Kids and Teens: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest, published in 2007, and 2010’s Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers. Among her many awards and honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal; the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association; the 2010 Margaret E. Monroe Award from the Reference and Users Services Association of the American Library Association; and the 2004 Women's National Book Association Award, given to "a living American woman who…has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2141 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore (30 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GP0GWK6
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8f03a57c) out of 5 stars 32 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e76ed2c) out of 5 stars subtility with a punch 30 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The power of Plum and Jaggers is how long after reading it I was still thinking about the characters and their story. Sam, as the eldest of four who were orphaned when their parents were blown up on a train, has the burden of protecting his siblings - even when and where they didn't need protection. His resiliency has its price in that he is troubled, overbearing, yet incredibly strong.This is a story of family values with an edge. As in an earlier book, A Country of Strangers, Susan Shreve is able to constantly link comedy and tragedy in a subtle yet provocative manner. She goes deeply into the psychology of her characters with a light flair. A great "book club" book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ed381f8) out of 5 stars Entertaining, but leaves a lot to the imagination 1 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
PLum & Jaggers is the story of four children left as orphans when their parents are tragically killed in a train explosion in Italy. They go on to live with their elderly grandparents, and experience among them juvenile deliquency, a stalker, and in the case of one, and all consuming fear of terrorism and bombing. Sounds like the makings of a comedy troupe, doesn't it? But that's exactly what the four McWilliams children do. While the book is entertaining, it leaves many qestions unanswered. Why are the comedy sketches so funny? There are small hints about the set up, but no pieces of dialogue. And the scenes they set don't sound all that funny. I wanted to know who the stalker was. Was it Sam McWilliams arch nemesis from childhood? Or was it an admirer of Julia? Plum & Jaggers is an interesting examination of what happens to children when they are exposed to tragedy at such a young age, but it left a lot to be desired.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ed38438) out of 5 stars a moving novel of love and family 12 Aug. 2000
By Meg Fullerton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books about family I've read in a long time. The McWilliams siblings are wonderfully compelling characters, especially Sam, the oldest. Believing after losing his parents that only he can protect the family and keep it together, he becomes a playwright, pushing his brother and sisters to perform black comedy sketches about a family whose parents never show up for dinner. But the pressure he puts on them -- and the pressure of celebrity, once they start to become famous -- causes rifts between them, and forces Sam to reassess his own concept of family.
Despite its humor, this is at heart a serious allegory about the latchkey children of absent boomer parents, and about the power of the imagination to allow us to reshape our world. The writing is subtle but fast-paced, and the ending is powerfully moving. A great and memorable book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ea8db08) out of 5 stars A Story of Tragedy, Survival, and Resilience 7 Aug. 2014
By Kath - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This story of four children orphaned by the death of their parents in a terrorist attack touched me deeply. Their loving grandparents raised them from early childhood after their train was blown up in Italy.. I could relate to each of the children and their coping mechanisms, and especially to Sam, the oldest of the children. Sam felt responsible for all of them from age seven on. I wanted to put my arms around him and keep him safe. I wanted to help him release his pent up fear, anger, guilt, and allow him to be a little boy and grow up normally. All of the children eventually "heal," each in their own way. I highly recommend this book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ea8d91c) out of 5 stars Strange but engrossing 6 Dec. 2000
By Keith Nichols - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This rather bloodless book is about four youngsters of a nomadic American family who are traumatically orphaned when the train bearing them and their parents is blown up near Rome, Italy. The kids spend their childhood with their grandparents in the midwestern U.S. For some reason they never really seek separate lives during the 30 or so years spanned by the book. Instead they move to New York as young adults, where they form a cutting-edge comedy troupe, performing routines based in social commentary with increasing success. In their routines, the unchanging roles assumed by the four seem to include that of dog and a mute. Exactly how this works is not revealed, since the author offers no examples of their comedy. Indeed, it is hard to imagine these four producing anything resembling comedy, since their lives reveal no hint of a sense of humor or any emotion other than fear, since much of the book deals with their attempts to elude a mysterious stalker. This involves frequent changes of address. The major character in the book, Sam, the eldest sibling and author of all the troupe's comedy scripts, does pursue a rather dilatory long-term mail romance with a fan, who apparently lives in easy walking distance from him. The two meet late in the novel, but nothing seems to come of it. This is a well-written novel, but I was left with two or three questions which the author probably didn't intend to be the legacy of her work - why and how do four intelligent siblings stay together well into adulthood with no outside attachments, and just how funny were these comedy skits that were apparently so successful, considering that two of the four characters apparently don't say anything:
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