Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner finalist Joanna Scott offers a moving, powerful, and beautifully written glimpse into the world of a remarkable child adrift in the wake of tragedy.

When four-year-old Bo is orphaned in the car accident that kills his mother, he becomes the focus of a fierce custody struggle between his two sets of very different grandparents. As the grownups play out their secret desires, hidden resentments, and stubborn self-righteousness, Bo finds himself at the mercy of a fallible adult world. With a child's perfect but partial understanding, he flees into himself - away from the sea of strangers - where he inhabits as eerie inner landscape filled with the dreamlike intensity unique to the imagination of a child.

Moving with muted elegance and power between the points of view of Bo and his grandparents, Joanna Scott investigates the vulnerability of a child's developing sense of self and the effect of the world upon it. Here is a writer in full command of her craft, who sheds a breathtaking light on the intimate interconnectedness of even the most imperfect humans. Less gothic than her previous books, yet sure to garner the same remarkable praise, Make Believe is psychologically wise and complex tale of resilience in the face of human frailty.

Genre: General Fiction

Used availability for Joanna Scott's Make Believe

Hardback Editions

July 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: Make Believe
Author(s): Joanna Scott
ISBN: 1-86046-885-3 / 978-1-86046-885-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Press
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August 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Make Believe (Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series)
Author(s): Joanna Scott
ISBN: 0-7838-9086-9 / 978-0-7838-9086-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
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February 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Make Believe
Author(s): Joanna Scott
ISBN: 0-316-77616-5 / 978-0-316-77616-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
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Paperback Editions

October 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Make Believe
Author(s): Joanna Scott
ISBN: 1-86046-976-0 / 978-1-86046-976-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Make Believe
Author(s): Joanna Scott
ISBN: 1-86046-942-6 / 978-1-86046-942-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Harvill Press
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February 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Make Believe: A Novel
Author(s): Joanna Scott
ISBN: 0-316-77666-1 / 978-0-316-77666-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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Kindle Editions

August 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Make Believe: A Novel
Author(s): Joanna Scott
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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