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When We Were Romans

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ISBN-10: 0307387860

ISBN-13: 9780307387868

Edition: N/A

Authors: Matthew Kneale

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Nine-year-old Lawrence is the man in his family. He carefully watches over his willful little sister, Jemima, and his mother, Hannah. When Hannah becomes convinced that their estranged father is stalking them, the family flees London and heads for Rome, where Hannah lived happily as a young woman. For Lawrence, fascinated by stories of popes and emperors, Rome is an adventure. Though they are short of money, and move from home to home, staying with his mother's old friends, little by little their new life seems to be taking shape. But the trouble that brought them to Italy will not quite leave them in peace. Narrated in Lawrence's perfectly rendered voice,When We Were Romanspowerfully evokes the emotions and confusions of childhoodthe triumphs, the jealousies, the fears, and the love. Even as everything he understands is turned upside down, Lawrence remains determined to keep his family together. Like the young narrators ofThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeandTo Kill a Mockingbird,Lawrence views the world from a perspective that is at once endearingly innocent and preternaturally wise.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/11/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Matthew Kneale lives in Oxford, England.