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Red Sneakers

Jessica Olin: Karen Bender

14 December 2000
Like Normal People 
by Karen Bender.
Picador, 269 pp., £10, October 2000, 9780330373791
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... When we first meet Lena Rose, the ‘mildly retarded’ heroine and whirlwind centre of KarenBender’s novel, it is her wedding anniversary, and she has set fire to her room at the residential home known optimistically as Panorama Village. Lena’s mother, Ella, has been summoned to deal with the ...

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