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Riverhead, 384 pp., £18.99, May 2011, 978 1 59448 797 2Show More
“... Washington, near Seattle. Stanley Ann was self-sufficient and wilful. Her sympathetic biographer, Janny Scott, pictures her dreaming of escape from provincial boredom as she pored over stacks of National Geographic magazines. She hated the jock culture of her high school and took refuge in the proto-bohemian set of wise-ass boys who drank ...”