My Life as A Rat

My Life as A Rat

A Novel

Large Print - 2019
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Which should prevail: loyalty to family or loyalty to the truth? Is telling the truth ever a mistake and is lying for one's family ever justified? Can one do the right thing, but bitterly regret it? My Life as a Rat follows Violet Rue Kerrigan, a young woman who looks back upon her life in exile from her family following her testimony, at age twelve, concerning what she knew to be the racist murder of an African-American boy by her older brothers. In a succession of vividly recalled episodes Violet contemplates the circumstances of her life as the initially beloved youngest child of seven Kerrigan children who inadvertently "informs" on her brothers, setting into motion their arrests and convictions and her own long estrangement. Arresting and poignant, My Life as a Rat traces a life of banishment from a family -- banishment from parents, siblings, and the Church -- that forces Violet to discover her own identity, to break the powerful spell of family, and to emerge from her long exile as a "rat" into a transformed life.
Publisher: [New York] : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062911513
0062911511
Branch Call Number: LPF OATES, JOYCE
Characteristics: 558 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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debwalker Jul 05, 2019

When you rat out your brothers for murder....a toxic family in upstate NY and a trip through the American dark side.

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