Crossing the Lines

Crossing the Lines

A Novel

Book - 2005
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A series of people find their fates intertwined when they cross boundaries in their lives, from a teenager's seduction by the outside world, to his romance with a girl whose life is precariously balanced, to the struggles of his middle-aged parents. By the author of The Soldier's Return.

Blackwell North Amer
As in the earlier novels, Crossing the Lines is set in the small northern English town of Wigton, which is for Melvyn Bragg what Yoknapatawpha was to William Faulkner: a specific place from which to spin universal truths. Joe, of humble origins, aspires to greatness, though he knows the price of success can be high. His sexual stirring first fixes on Lizzie, a daredevil sexpot who, he knows, is also too old for him. Later, he falls in love with Rachel Wardlow, a beautiful young farmer's daughter, but they must keep their love a secret for fear of her father's anger. Increasingly intoxicated with each other, they awkwardly navigate the adolescent rites of passage. When the fabric of her life threatens to unravel, Rachel must choose between her love for Joe and her own independence. Joe, a diligent student, is crossing the lines between a working class, small town life and the dizzying possibilities of the world outside. Joe's parents, meanwhile, are entering middle age as Joe finds himself torn between the comforts of home and the lure of a brighter future.

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& Taylor

A series of people find their fates intertwined, from a teenager's seduction by the outside world, to his romance with a girl whose life is precariously balanced, to the struggles of his middle-aged parents.

Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub. : Distributed by Time Warner Book Group, [2005], c2003
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781559707381
1559707380
Characteristics: 490 p. ; 24 cm

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