Always talk to strangers Public Deposited

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  • Always Talk to Strangers contains the first seven chapters to a novel. The novel focuses on the friendship between Amanda and Maria, two fourteen-year-old girls who are experiencing their last summer before high school in Madison, Wisconsin. Their friendship is a complicated one: Maria was kidnapped four years ago, the same summer that Amanda's father abandoned Amanda and her mother. These best friends must deal with various forms of loss: the loss of sexual innocence, the loss or "reinterpretation" of traditional father figures, the loss of believing in that ever elusive "happily ever after." The relationships in Always Talk to Strangers often grow and transform through subtle psychic undercurrents. Many thoughts and feelings of sadness, hope, and betrayal travel between the characters not through words but through body language and the innate understanding that we all carry our pasts with us. Our pasts, indeed, haunt us like ghosts: Amanda and Maria don't often verbally discuss the kidnapping or Amanda's father; Amanda and her mother don't discuss the man they've both lost, or their respective problems with marijuana and alcohol abuse; Amanda's mother and grandmother don't discuss their different religious and spiritual belief systems. Always Talk to Strangers is, in the end, a coming-of-age novel that shows us we are all composed of contradicting emotions and desires. We all have the capacity for unconditional compassion one second, and in the next we might inflict emotional harm on the ones we love the most.
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  • File scanned at 300 ppi (Monochrome) using ScandAll PRO 1.8.1 on a Fi-6670 in PDF format. CVista PdfCompressor 4.0 was used for pdf compression and textual OCR.
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