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4.6  ·  Rating details ·  10 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Paperback, 156 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Red Hen Press
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Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It’s the melancholic way in which the novel is told that will touch the reader’s heart as the story unfolds. Payne maintains a sense of realism in her novel with the underlying theme that bad things will happen to good people. It’s a bittersweet story and it’s remarkable how the author is able to inspire with the tale of young Mary. She is able to capture the innocence of the main character as she encounters the hardships of life at a young age while simultaneously portraying the evil of human n ...more
Dec 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: memoir readers
It's a shame this book is more-or-less out of print. If you can find a copy of it, do so!

The nameless young girl at the center of Diane Payne's wonderful Burning Tulips is asked to write about an "important human" for a school assignment. She chooses instead to write about the family dog because, in her own words, "... it seems like all my important humans would make a sad story."

Such is life for Payne's protagonist, who grows from age five to eighteen and must deal with her mother's cancer, her
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous memoir. Heartbreaking and inspiring all at once. A must read!
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