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"In this evocative and pitch-perfect memoir, Maisie Houghton writes of growing up female, timid, self-conscious and without a plan -- as most of us did in the 50s -- in a family where good looks and good manners masked much unhappiness. An affecting coming-of-age story and a graceful new voice."
-- Lily Tuck, author of The News from Paraguay, Winner of 2004 National Book Award

"This is an absolutely marvelous book. Following in the footsteps of Alcott and Wharton, Maisie Houghton captures a small yet important cell of American society -- the vulnerable but still resilient world of high WASP culture. Revealing herself in no uncertain terms, she has written an engaging, sensitive, caring and always intelligent account of her youthful struggle to escape from the frozen amber of her early life. She has succeeded wonderfully."
-- Peter Duchin, bandleader and author of the memoir Ghost of a Chance

"In Maisie Houghton's luminous account of where she came from and who she became, the privileged worlds of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and coastal Maine are vividly evoked as background for the complex family she depicts with such compassionate insight and courageous candor. She has given us a small masterpiece of self-discovery and acceptance that will leave no reader untouched."
-- Walter Kaiser, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of English and professor of comparative literature emeritus at Harvard

"In her richly evocative memoir, Maisie Houghton draws a vivid portrait of growing up in a world of privilege and painful silences; hers is a triumphant story of learning to believe in oneself, to accept, to love, truly to see."
-- Jean Strouse, author of Alice James: A Biography, winner of 1980 Bancroft Prize, and Morgan: American Financier