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A Handbook for Beautiful People

15 September 2017

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Summary

When twenty-two-year-old Marla finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she wishes for a family, but faces precariousness: an uncertain future with her talented, exacting boyfriend, Liam; constant danger from her roommate, Dani, a sometime prostitute and entrenched drug addict; and the unannounced but overwhelming needs of her younger brother, Gavin, whom she has brought home for the first time from deaf school. Forcing her hand is Marla's fetal alcohol syndrome, which sets her apart but also carries her through. When Marla loses her job and breaks her arm in a car accident, Liam asks her to marry him. It's what she's been waiting for: a chance to leave Dani, but Dani doesn't take no for an answer. Marla stays strong when her mother shows up drunk, creates her own terms when Dani publicly shames her, and then falls apart when Gavin attempts suicide. It rains, and then pours, and when the Bow River finally overflows, flooding Marla's entire neighbourhood, she is ready to admit that she wants more for her child than she can possibly give right now. Marla's courage to ask for help and keep her mind open transforms everyone around her, cementing her relationships and proving to those who had doubted her that having a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder does not make a person any less noble, wise or caring.--$cProvided by publisher.

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families fetal alcohol spectrum disorders unplanned pregnancy fiction

Control Number Identifier
CaOOCEL
Date published
2017.
Description conventions
rda
Dewey Decimal Classification Number
C813/.6
Dewey Decimal Edition Number
23
Distributor
Canadian Electronic Library (Firm),
General Note
Issued as part of the desLibris books collection
LCCN
PR9199.4.S7236
LCCN Item number
H36 2017eb
Modifying agency
DLC
Original cataloging agency
YDX
Physical Description | Extent
1 electronic text (viii, 267 pages)
Publisher or Distributor Number
CaOOCEL
System Control Number
(CaBNVSL)kck00239745
(OCoLC)1014441277
(CaOOCEL)457540
System Details Note
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Transcribing agency
YDX
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Access restricted to authorized users and institutions