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Motherland
Motherland
McMillan, Joanna, 1965-2015
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It is 1978, Jess is thirteen and she already has a reputation - as the daughter of the only communist in town. The Mitchells have been in the Party since the Party began. Jess and her mother Eleanor struggle to sell socialism to Tamworth - a sleepy Midlands town that just doesn't want to know. So when Eleanor is invited to spend a summer teaching in East Germany, she and Jess leap at the chance to see what the future looks like. On the other side of the Iron Curtain they turn from villains into heroes. And when Eleanor meets widower Peter and his daughter, Martina, a new, more peaceful life seems possible. But the Cold War has no time for love and soon the trouble starts. Peter is dispatched for two years of solidarity work in Laos. Friends become enemies, and Jess discovers how easy it is to switch sides, and how sides can be switched for you, sometimes without you even knowing. Motherland is a tender mother-daughter story and a tragi-comic portrait of a childhood overcome with belief. It's about loss of faith and loss of innocence, and what it's like to grow up on the losing side of history.
Main title:
Motherland / Jo McMillan.
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Imprint:
London : John Murray, 2015.©2015
Collation:
260 pages ; 24 cm.
ISBN:
9781473612006 (paperback)
Dewey class:
823.92
Language:
English
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Sandringham Library ExpressAdult FictionMACMIn Deep Storage until mid 2020. (Set: 14 Jul 2019)
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