When Madeline Was Young (eBook)


Jane Hamilton, award-winning author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World brings us a rich and loving novel about a non-traditional family in the aftermath of a terrible accident.When Aaron Maciver’s beautiful young wife, Madeline, suffers a head injury in a bicycle crash, she is left with the mental capabilities of a six-year-old. In the years that follow, Aaron and his second wife care for Madeline with deep tenderness and devotion as they raise two children of their own. Inspired in part by Elizabeth Spencer’s Light in the Piazza, Hamilton offers an honest and exquisite portrait of how a family tragedy forever shapes the boundaries of love.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

JANE HAMILTON is the author of The Book of Ruth, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction, A Map of the World, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and named one of the top ten books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, the Miami Herald, and People magazine; Disobedience; and The Short History of a Prince. She lives in Rochester, Wisconsin.


Praise for When Madeline Was Young…

Praise for When Madeline Was Young

“Hamilton is exquisitely observant and unfailingly generous to the characters she creates: every life has weight and dignity" —Kirkus Reviews

“In her fifth and most transfixing and psychologically prismatic novel to date, Hamilton’s signature motifs take on new resonance and mystery as she creates perplexing familial relationships complicated by war. Hamilton has never written more finely nuanced or beguiling prose, imagined more fascinating characters, or posed more provocative moral dilemmas. In each surprising permutation, Hamilton offers fresh perspectives on the puzzles of time, memory, and consciousness, and keenly gauges the many shades of guilt and audacity, grief and sacrifice, tenacity and goodness.” —Booklist (starred)

“Her story is about how people, by bonding together, can transcend tragedy and loss with love, tolerance, and humor. Recommended for all fiction collections.” —Library Journal

Praise for The Book of Ruth

“Ms. Hamilton gives Ruth a humble dignity and allows her hope—but it’s not a heavenly hope. It’s a common one, caked with mud and held with gritted teeth. And it’s probably the only kind that’s worth reading about.” New York Times Book Review

Praise for A Map of the World

“It takes a writer of rare power and discipline to carry off an achievement like A Map of the World. Hamilton proves here that she is one of our best.” —Newsweek

“Stunning prose and unforgettable characters…an enthralling tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying ways our lives can spin out of control.” —Entertainment Weekly (A+)

Praise for The Short History of a Prince

“With intelligence and empathy—and drawing on rich veins of irony—Hamilton tells the story of Walter’s search to define his talents . . . at once surprising and redemptive.” —New York Times Book Review

“Hamilton’s third novel and arguably her best, for it matches its range of emotion with a technical precision both masterful and haunting . . . Hamilton has eased time and memory throughout her novel with the expert abandon of a dancer in full pirouette.” —Boston Globe

Praise for Disobedience

“Wonderful…Her finest novel yet.” —Chicago Tribune

“Lovely…resonant…keenly wrought.” —New York Times

“Funny and moving . . . An entertaining, well-plotted meditation on secrecy in the history of a loving family.” —San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle

Product Details ISBN-13: 9780385519984
Published: Anchor, 09/19/2006
Language: en

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