Hand Me Down World

Hand Me Down World

[a Novel]

Book - 2010
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From the author of the beloved, bestselling Mister Pip : a novel about a mother's search for her stolen child. A novel you can't stop thinking about.

A woman washes up on a beach in Sicily. She has come from Tunisia to find her son, taken from her when he was just days old and stolen away to Berlin. With nothing but her maid's uniform and a homemade knife stashed in a plastic bag, she relies on strangers -- some generous, some malevolent -- to guide her passage north. These strangers tell of their encounters with her, building her story in fragments of memory, prejudice and sentiment into a moving work of sacrifice and love. Hand Me Down World tells an epic story about the courage of a mother, the versions of truth to which we accommodate our lives, and love's ultimate power to redeem us.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2010
ISBN: 9780307400147
Branch Call Number: JONES
Characteristics: 313 p


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Aug 02, 2012

This is a post-modern novel, with each character telling the story from his or her perspective. I enjoyed it.

Jul 22, 2012

Haunting story of an African woman who makes it all the way to Germany in search of her stolen child, told as a mosaic of sometimes contradictory fragments told by people who she met, and by herself.

Apr 20, 2011

I finished this book a week ago, but find that I am still thinking about it. I grew to admire the woman and the inspector who became her advocate. I loved the ending. Hurrah for mothers and women who care about children. A terrific read.

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