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Unbecoming

Jenny Downham

Katie's life is falling apart: her best friend thinks she's a freak, her mother, Caroline, controls every aspect of her life, and her estranged grandmother, Mary, appears as if out of nowhere. Mary has dementia and needs lots of care, and when Katie starts putting together Mary's life story, secrets and lies are uncovered: Mary's illegitimate baby, her zest for life and freedom and men; the way she lived her life to the full yet suffered huge sacrifices along the way. As the relationship between Mary and Caroline is explored, Katie begins to understand her own mother's behavior, and from that insight, the terrors about her sexuality, her future, and her younger brother are all put into perspective. A vivid and exhilarating celebration of family, identity, life and — ultimately — love.

Katie's life is falling apart: her best friend thinks she's a freak, her mother, Caroline, controls every aspect of her life, and her estranged grandmother, Mary, appears as if out of nowhere. Mary has dementia and needs lots of care, and when Katie starts putting together Mary's life story, secrets and lies are uncovered: Mary's illegitimate baby, her zest for life and freedom and men; the way she lived her life to the full yet suffered huge sacrifices along the way. As the relationship between Mary and Caroline is explored, Katie begins to understand her own mother's behavior, and from that insight, the terrors about her sexuality, her future, and her younger brother are all put into perspective. A vivid and exhilarating celebration of family, identity, life and — ultimately — love.
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Katie's life is falling apart: her best friend thinks she's a freak, her mother, Caroline, controls every aspect of her life, and her estranged grandmother, Mary, appears as if out of nowhere. Mary has dementia and needs lots of care, and when Katie starts putting together Mary's life story, secrets and lies are uncovered: Mary's illegitimate baby, her zest for life and freedom and men; the way she lived her life to the full yet suffered huge sacrifices along the way. As the relationship between Mary and Caroline is explored, Katie begins to understand her own mother's behavior, and from that insight, the terrors about her sexuality, her future, and her younger brother are all put into perspective. A vivid and exhilarating celebration of family, identity, life and — ultimately — love.

Language:

English

Length:

14h 14m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:36


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

13:41


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

04:34


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

07:04


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

15:29


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

23:40


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

30:19


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

27:23


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

09:56


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

12:57


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

11:09


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

14:43


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

24:31


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

15:32


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

15:38


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

20:07


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

38:23


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

25:03


Part 1, Chapter 18
Part 1, Chapter 18

19:43


Part 1, Chapter 19
Part 1, Chapter 19

54:37


Part 1, Chapter 20
Part 1, Chapter 20

19:59


Part 1, Chapter 21
Part 1, Chapter 21

31:11


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

14:52


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

09:05


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

38:03


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

19:35


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

21:01


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

16:12


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

13:11


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

22:01


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

17:00


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

17:37


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

16:43


Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 33

41:19


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

11:17


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

12:06


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

07:40


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

16:34


Part 3, Chapter 38
Part 3, Chapter 38

16:58


Part 3, Chapter 39
Part 3, Chapter 39

49:13


Part 3, Chapter 40
Part 3, Chapter 40

07:07


Part 3, Chapter 41
Part 3, Chapter 41

20:23


Part 3, Chapter 42
Part 3, Chapter 42

07:37


Part 3, Chapter 43
Part 3, Chapter 43

22:03


Part 3, Chapter 44
Part 3, Chapter 44

00:52