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Sticklebacks and Snow Globes

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
"A fat, brown stickleback nosed the canal bank just below the surface. Tot stretched face down on the gravel tow-path. Hold my legs! she told the boy and edged the bamboo fishing net out slowly across the oily water. You can t chase a fish, she whispered. You have to decide where he wants to go, and then wait for him there. She held the net steady. The fish glided backward ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 20th 2007 by Permanent Press (NY) (first published October 30th 2007)
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Randolph College
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Mar 06, 2009 Candice rated it liked it
Recommended to Candice by: Judith
This was loaned to me by a friend. The author teaches English at Randolph College here in Lynchburg. It was a sweet book, and the author writes beautiful descriptions. It was almost like a set of linked short stories, and at times the plot was hard to follow. The main characters live in a housing project in England. The link through all the stories is Tot, a precocious and precious eight-year-old girl who has epilepsy. Although written in the third person, at the beginning of each chapter are mu ...more
Nov 02, 2013 Clifford rated it it was amazing
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Although I'm not usually a fan of child-centric fiction, I enjoyed these stories (chapters?) about young Tot and her family living under difficult conditions in England. Tot's challenges--she has "fits" (epilepsy); she's younger (and brighter) than everyone else in the neighborhood; her father's ambitions of jazz stardom have taken him off to New Orleans. The book is filled with very believable characters and situations.

While the chapters read like stand-alone stories, the overall effect is of a
Victoria Lane
Jun 06, 2015 Victoria Lane rated it liked it
Odd little book, series of loosely connected nicely written vignettes with an 8 year old main character but definitely not a story for children.
Feb 13, 2015 Carol rated it liked it
Read for LPL book group, February 2015. Local author will attend meeting.
Set in England during the Winter of 1971 thru the Winter of 1972.
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Mar 26, 2010 Chris Blocker rated it really liked it
I wouldn't call this a novel. Personally, I would say this is yet another example of (loosely connected) interconnected short stories. Whatever you call it, it's a pretty good book.

More than anything else, the characters are what sets this book apart. The children--and Goodjohn stays largely with her juvenile characters--are portrayed in a manner which is entertaining and accurate. The author does a fabulous job taking us into the minds of these children, a talent sorely missed in many novels wi
Apr 09, 2016 Jacquie rated it it was amazing
I read this when Sara Taylor cited it as an influence on her novel The Shore when she camt to our Suffolk Book League meeting.
I think it is wonderful. Told from the perspective of young girls, especially the 8 year old Tot, it is a fantastic evocation of growing up in the "70s on a council estate. The girls listen to adult conversations and do their best to make sense of the world and what it has in store for them, sometimes with the help of Jackie.
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Jun 09, 2014 Laura Long rated it it was amazing
'Sticklebacks and Snow Globes' enchants from the beginning. This novel freshly presents how a particular 8-year-old, whose name is Tot, experiences a confusing and changing world. The author captures the child's perspective exceptionally well. The sense of Tot's imagination is intertwined with all she encounters and conjectures. Her view gives the reader a unique window into everyday life in a housing estate outside London. The book reminded me of fiction by Carson McCullers, who also brilliantl ...more
May 08, 2012 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The title made me buy it and I have a thing for first novels. Shall see.
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Bunny Goodjohn, English professor and Director of the Writing Program at Randolph College in Lynchburg, is published in both poetry and prose. Born in London, Goodjohn took USA citizenship after graduating from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program. Her work has appeared in a number of literary journals including Connecticut Review, Zone 3, The Texas Review, and The Cortland Re ...more
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