The Third Child

The Third Child

Book - 2003 | 1st ed
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Feeling left out in her family of ambitious achievers, Melissa Dickenson hopes to escape her mother's relentless scrutiny when she enters college and falls in love with the son of her father's political adversary.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780066211169
0066211166
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 24 cm

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PrincessHazMat
Apr 15, 2016

I'm a huge fan of Marge Piercy's work, but this book failed to engage on many levels. The characters are stale, stereotypical and cartoonish. The handling of race issues is clumsy. And the story, which is not terribly interesting, ultimately relies on an ending so improbable that it is hard to believe Ms. Piercy wrote it.

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uncommonreader
Aug 24, 2013

This novel paints a good picture of a politican's uptight and emotionally crippled family and of the politician's lack of principles and values for the sake of expediency. The third daughter has always felt to be an outcast and when she goes to college and meets the adopted son of criminal lawyers who have faced off against her father, she comes to life. The novel poses the question of the nature of their relationship - is he using her to seek revenge for his father's death?

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