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What Girls Learn

What Girls Learn

(1997)
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radiant debut novel, What Girls Learn takes readers on an intimate and haunting journey into the landscape of girlhood and the complex terrain of the family. Wise, bittersweet, and above all intensely human, this astonishingly powerful novel enchants readers with its humor and insight even as it breaks their hearts.Amazon.com ReviewIn her debut novel, What Girls Learn, author Karin Cook takes familiar--and familial--territory and turns it neatly on its head. Tilden, the 12-year-old narrator of Cook's tale, and her 11-year-old sister Elizabeth are suddenly uprooted from a hardscrabble life in Atlanta and moved to Long Island when their mother falls in love with a man they've never met. Fortunately, Nick turns out to be a kind man, and the girls' enjoy a temporary stability. Then Frances, their mother, discovers a lump in her breast. While she is hospitalized, her predatory brother arrives, and the sisters are thrown back upon a bond that, although stretched by sibling rivalry, can never be broken.

Karin Cook depicts the inner lives of girls on the verge of adolescence with tremendous insight, and in Tilden, she has found a narrator both eloquent and observant. What Girls Learn explores notions of family and femininity and the transcendence of love, even in the face of loss.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: What Girls Learn
Author(s): Karin Cook
ISBN: 1-4352-6221-2 / 978-1-4352-6221-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-04-25
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February 1998 : USA Library Binding
Title: What Girls Learn
Author(s): Karin Cook
ISBN: 0-613-06857-2 / 978-0-613-06857-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
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April 1999 : USA Turtleback
Title: What Girls Learn
Author(s): Karin Cook
ISBN: 0-606-15863-4 / 978-0-606-15863-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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February 1997 : USA Hardback
Title: What Girls Learn: A novel
Author(s): Karin Cook
ISBN: 0-679-44828-4 / 978-0-679-44828-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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Paperback Editions

May 1998 : UK Paperback
Title: What Girls Learn (A Virago V)
Author(s): Karin Cook
ISBN: 1-86049-438-2 / 978-1-86049-438-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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February 1998 : USA Paperback
Title: What Girls Learn: A Novel
Author(s): Karin Cook
ISBN: 0-679-76944-7 / 978-0-679-76944-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Books
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April 1997 : UK Paperback
Title: What Girls Learn (A Virago V)
Author(s): Karin Cook
ISBN: 1-86049-249-5 / 978-1-86049-249-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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Kindle Editions

February 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: What Girls Learn: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Karin Cook
Publisher: Vintage
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