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My Turquoise Years

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A touching and hilarious memoir of an absent mother and a vanished time. Throughout her childhood, Marion Farrant heard exotic stories of the sophisticated life her mother, Nancy, led aboard cruise ships and in Australia. Nancy's world of furs, jewels, cigarette holders, and handsome men seemed miles away from the west-coast hamlet of Cordova Bay, where Marion lived with ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Greystone Books (first published March 22nd 2004)
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Jennifer Irvine
Jan 24, 2015 Jennifer Irvine rated it liked it
Enjoyed the play so I wanted to read the book. Liked the dialogue interspersed amongst the description. A chunk of time (1960) which was manageable with a little about 1964 and finally meeting her mother Nancy after a failed attempt in 1960. Great metaphor, humour, and character arc (decisions made, things cleared up). trying to mimic a little of her writing style. Nice to read about Vancouver and Vancouver Island.
Aug 14, 2013 Stacy rated it really liked it
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Witty, tender and wry; My Turquoise Years is a book for anyone who remembers being a teenager.
McGuffy Morris
Nov 17, 2010 McGuffy Morris rated it it was amazing
Ms. Farrant captured all that was 1960! She is gifted in her character portrayals, as well as her description of time & place. Great memoir! I hated it to end!
Michelle Kelm
Feb 13, 2014 Michelle Kelm rated it it was amazing
MAC Farrant tells such a charming story. Witty and honest, I wanted it to go on and on and on. A must read for anyone who enjoys a good coming of age memoir.
I liked this book, it seems like one of those situations where the child was better off being raised by her dad and his side of the family than she ould have been if she was raised by her mother.
Apr 16, 2015 Karen rated it it was ok
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Nothing special for me. Memories of woman about my sister's age, so I could relate to the time period, but have done that before and predicted what would happen with the mother.
Oct 21, 2011 Christin rated it really liked it
Charming memoir of the summer of 1960, told by the pitch-perfect 13 year-old Marion (MAC). Funny, wry, clever and tender, this should be a Victoria classic.
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I usually stay away from coming of age stories, but I enjoyed this one.
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Absolute perfection. A pure joy to read it is set exactly in my times and I didn't want it to end.
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