- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: Dundurn; 1st Edition edition (April 1 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1550025449
- ISBN-13: 978-1550025446
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 481 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,837,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Maureen Lennon's A Place Apart we are introduced to the horrific realm of emotional, physical, and verbal abuse that tears families apart, in this case quite literally. Despite the heavy topic, Lennon's writing deserves nothing but high praise. She has a gift for descriptive prose, evoking a sense of presence, immediacy, and emotion. While disturbing in so many ways A Place Apart ultimately carries a positive message, providing glimpses of hope for self-actualization by exploring what it means to seize back power over oneself and one's environment. (-Quill and Quire)
This debut novel is a must-read for everyone looking to be inspired by the hard reality of life that some must endure and triumph over. (-Life and Fashion)
A Place Apart is an accomplished novel, a polished and perfect book that is hard to put down - unusual for a first novel. (- KW Record 2005-08-06)
I simply cannot praise this novel enough. To put it into perspective, this is the first item I have ever given a book five stars. (-Cristine Graf The Lethbridge Herald 2005-06-24)
Engaging characters, enthralling scenes and lyrical beauty will make A Place Apart stay with readers for years. (-The staff of the Colchester-East Harris Public Library Truro Daily News 2005-10-29)
A Place Apart by Maureen Lennon is another in a long succession of first rate novels being published this season. Cathy is a teenager in crisis, but not the usual sex, drugs and rock and roll crisis. Cathy's mother is a murder waiting to happen... Cathy is a very memorable character and the novel is one that stays in the memory long after it is finished.(-W.P. Kinsella Books in Canada)
They are calling Maureen Lennon the next major author, and they may be onto something. It is interesting how many authors seemingly come out of nowhere, with a novel that will be remembered for a long time to come." "This is an incredible read, one that begs to be discussed for its dramatic impact on the head and the heart.(Shelf Life 2005-07-01)
Never mind Jean Crawford and her wire hangers. In this spirited first novel, Maureen Lennon offers a mom from hell - and a resilient victim - who together carve a new niche in the grotesque frieze of family dysfunction.(Jim Bartley The Globe and Mail 2005-07-30)
A Place Apart is an accomplished work, a polished and perfect book that is hard to put down - unusual for a first novel.(Veronica Ross The Guelph Mercury 2005-08-06)
One is drawn into Cathy's predicament, wanting again and again to reach into the pages and giver her advice or comfort. Cathy is a remarkable character who stays in memory long after the novel is finished. (Books in Canada 2006-04-01)
About the Author
Maureen Lennon brings a background in journalism and law to her explorations of the inner worlds of human beings. A Place Apart is her first novel.
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Structurally the story doesn't work. Lennon has developed Cathy as an intelligent, sane and very creative independent teenager. Cathy's imaginary friends help her. This can be seen as an aberation or a sign of tremendous ingenuity, given their witty sidelines and caustic remarks. So when the plot swivels to an end suggesting that Cathy may be just as crazy as her mother, it doesn't work. Furthermore, the incident that carries Cathy into the loony bin is the very one in which she is at most herself: fighting back, finally, against her mother.
Indeed, if the book has to work, Cathy's characterization needs to change into something more demonic. Or, the ending of the book needs reworking.
And it's not so that the book ends well, it's that it ends right and true, in line with how it's been created all along.