Durable Goods (Paperback)

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Description


On the hot Texas army base she calls home, Katie spends the lazy days of her summer waiting: waiting to grow up; waiting for Dickie Mack to fall in love with her; waiting for her breasts to blossom; waiting for the beatings to stop. Since their mother died, Katie and her older sister, Diane, have struggled to understand their increasingly distant, often violent father. While Diane escapes into the arms of her boyfriend, Katie hides in her room or escapes to her best friend’s house—until Katie’s admiration for her strong-willed sister leads her on an adventure that transforms her life.

Written with an unerring ability to capture the sadness of growth, the pain of change, the nearly visible vibrations that connect people, this beautiful novel by the bestselling author of Open House reminds us how wonderful—and wounding—a deeper understanding of life can be.

About the Author


Elizabeth Berg is the author of twenty one novels, including Once Upon a Time, There Was You, The Last Time I Saw You, Home Safe, Dream When You re Feeling Blue, and The Year of Pleasures. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was shortlisted for the ABBY Award in 1996. The winner of the 1997 New England Booksellers Association Award for her body of work, Berg lives near Chicago.

Praise For…


“Rich . . . timeless.”
The New Yorker

“RADIANT . . . STARTLING AND DELICATE.”
The Boston Globe

“Elizabeth Berg writes with humor and a big heart about resilience, loneliness, love and hope. And the transcendence that redeems.”
—ANDRE DUBUS

“This quietly told tale will find a place in your soul, and will stay there.”
—CHRISTOPHER TILGHMAN

Product Details
ISBN: 9780812968149
ISBN-10: 081296814X
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: June 10th, 2003
Pages: 200
Language: English