Make Believe: A Novel (Paperback)

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When four-year-old Bo is orphaned in the car accident that kills his mother, he becomes the focus of a fierce custody struggle and flees into himself -- away from the sea of strangers -- where he inhabits an eerie inner landscape.

The world of "make believe" into which we are drawn in this remarkable novel -- hailed for both its lyrical prose and its profound dramatic and emotional intensity -- is the world of four-year-old Bo, cast adrift in a sea of strangers as he becomes the focus of a fierce custody battle between two sets of grandparents, one black and one white.

"This is a compelling story that will leave readers haunted by Scott's powerful moral vision."-Publishers' Weekly

About the Author

Joanna Scott is the author of eleven books, including The Manikin, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Various Antidotes and Arrogance, which were both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Awards; and the critically acclaimed Make Believe, Tourmaline, Liberation, and Follow Me. She is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Award.

Praise For…

"Joanna Scott is the absolute cream of our generation."—David Foster Wallace

"Gripping . . . Scott keeps the narrative tension high throughout."—Starr E. Smith, Library Journal

"A risk-taking book . . . Scott just keeps getting better."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316776660
ISBN-10: 0316776661
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: February 20th, 2001
Pages: 272
Language: English