Family Sold Separately

Family Sold Separately

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Random House, Inc.
From internationally bestselling author Kate Long, a perceptive, vivid, and painfully funny novel about family ties and growing up

On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Katherine wants only three things: a smidge of social grace, the body of Courteney Cox, and two parents. What she has instead is an almost complete lack of friends, a pudgy figure, and one extremely eccentric, nearly blind grandmother named Poll. Since Katherine’s father died and her mother disappeared, Poll is her only family. And not only does Poll buy all of Katherine’s clothes, but she forbids her to leave the house unless it’s absolutely necessary. Would a chance to go to Oxford count? But the bigger question is: How can she abandon her grandma?

Just when Katherine has resigned herself to a lifetime of watching daytime television, sparring with Poll, and visiting the town library for “fun,” along comes a handsome, magnetic young man named Collum, who claims to be Katherine’s long-lost cousin. But as Katherine is about to learn, when it comes to family, things aren’t always as they seem.


Praise for Kate Long’s The Bad Mother’s Handbook

“Kate Long manages to brilliantly balance equal parts heartbreak and hilarity in a novel that you will love unconditionally.”
–Sarah Bird, author of The Flamenco Academy

“There is a lovely sweetness to this heartbreaking/heartwarming story.”
–The Seattle Times

“Funny, touching and utterly winning.”
–Publishers Weekly

Baker & Taylor
Raised by her eccentric grandmother Poll after the death of her father and disappearance of her mother, Katherine Millar's sheltered existence is transformed forever by the mysterious package that arrives on the doorstep on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, the contents of which could forever alter her views of the past and of her dreams for the future. Original. 12,500 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Katherine wants only three things: a smidge of social grace, the body of Courteney Cox, and two parents. What she has instead is an almost complete lack of friends, a pudgy figure, and one extremely eccentric, nearly blind grandmother named Poll. Since Katherine's father died and her mother disappeared, Poll is Katherine's only family. And not only does Poll buy all of Katherine's clothes, but she forbids her to leave the house unless it's absolutely necessary. Would a chance to go to Oxford count? But the bigger question is: How can Katherine abandon her grandma?
Just as she has resigned herself to a lifetime of watching daytime television, sparring with Poll, and visiting the town library for "fun," along comes a handsome, magnetic young man named Collum, who claims to be Katherine's long-lost cousin. But as Katherine is about to learn, when it comes to family, things aren't always as they seem.

Baker
& Taylor

Raised by her eccentric grandmother Poll after the death of her father and disappearance of her mother, Katherine Millar finds her sheltered life forever altered by a package that arrives on the eve of her eighteenth birthday.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2008
ISBN: 9780345479679
034547967X
Characteristics: 340 p. ; 21 cm

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