December

December

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Random House, Inc.
A spellbinding novel about a troubled young girl and a family in crisis, and a gripping, astonishing portrait of recovery and self-determination.

When December opens, eleven year old Isabelle hasn’t spoken a word in nearly a year. Four psychiatrists have abandoned her, declaring her silence to be impenetrable. Her parents are at once mystified and terrified by their daughter’s withdrawal, and by their own gradually loosening hold on the world as they’ve always known it. Isabelle’s private school, which has until now taken the extraordinary step of allowing her to complete her assignments from home, is on the verge of expelling her, forcing her parents to confront the possibility that what once seemed a quirk of adolescence, a phase, is perhaps a lifelong transformation, a swift and total retreat from which their daughter may never emerge. December paints an unforgettable picture of a family reckoning with a bewildering crisis, and of a critical month in the life of a bright, fascinating girl, locked into an isolation of her own making and from which only she can decide to break free.

Compulsively readable and deeply affecting, December is a work of marvelous originality and emotional power from a prodigiously gifted young writer.

Baker & Taylor
After eight months without speaking, eleven-year-old elective mute Isabelle becomes the focus of desperate efforts on the part of her parents, including her mother, who has given up her law practice to provide full-time care for her daughter, and others to restore their child to normal life. By the author of Fireworks. 15,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
When December opens, eleven-year-old Isabelle hasn't spoken a word in nearly a year. Four psychiatrists have abandoned her, declaring her silence to be impenetrable. Her parents are at once mystified and terrified by their daughter's withdrawal, and by their own gradually loosening hold on the world as they've always known it. Isabelle's private school, which until now has taken the extraordinary step of allowing her to complete her assignments from home, is on the verge of expelling her, forcing her parents to confront the possibility that what once seemed a quirk of adolescence, a phase, is perhaps a lifelong transformation, a swift and total retreat from which their daughter may never emerge. December paints an unforgettable picture of a family reckoning with a bewildering crisis, and of a critical month in the life of a bright, fascinating girl, locked into an isolation of her own making and from which only she can decide to break free.

Baker
& Taylor

After eight months without speaking, eleven-year-old elective mute Isabelle becomes the focus of desperate efforts on the part of her parents, including her mother, who has given up her law practice to provide full-time care for her daughter, and others to restore their child to normal life.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307268303
0307268306
Characteristics: 239 p. ; 25 cm

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