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Leaving Maggie Hope

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This debut novel by an award-winning poet won the 2003 Novello Literary Award; Lee Smith calls it the most moving coming-of-age story I have read in many years.
Hardcover, 177 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Novello Festival Press (first published October 2003)
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David
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a contrast to The Catcher in the Rye, which I just taught this fall for the first time in 15 years, I enjoyed Leaving Maggie Hope more than I thought I might. A bias in this is the fact that LMH is set at the Lowell School, a thinly-veiled stand in for Fay School, which the author attended and where I now teach. Imagine reading about a fictional place whose social norms, way of life, and traditions are the basis for your current reality. That's better than reading a non-fiction article and mo ...more
Candy Wood
The back cover proclaims that this is a novel, with the conventional disclaimer inside that resemblances to real persons are coincidental. The main character, David, is not the narrator, but the perspective is entirely his, so that readers see everything through his eyes and his limited understanding. The title’s Maggie Hope is his mother, an alcoholic whose emotional demands he escapes when he is sent to boarding school. School presents social challenges more than academic ones for him. David i ...more
Debbie Maskus
Jan 08, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a coming-of-age novel about a boy living in New York with his sister and alcoholic mother. A kindly godmother furnishes the tuition money for David to go a a private school to escape the dire living conditions. Maggie Hope is David's mother. The story encounters all the obstacles that David (a boy with a club foot)completes in his quest of leaving his mother. But it is his mother, who instills in him that life must have hope, courage, determination, and love. A gentle telling of David's ...more
Carl Phillips
This is a novel but Tony Abbott admits it is a memoir. Tony is a retired English professor at Davidson College. The story is similar to The Glass Castle but Abbott's writing does not measure up to Jeannette Wall's. More like it was written by an English professor.
Sophie
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
it is an OKAY read... i had to read it for school but if they would have given me a choice I wouldnt have read it!... of course it has a good message and it is OKAY
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Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Honest, true. Read it in one sitting, gratefully.
Te'Asia Welch
it wasn't that interesting because in the mom in the beginning was trying to get the little boy not to tell on her
Gina
Jul 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Loved this story and think it would make a great movie. Tony Abbott was my husband's English professor in college and I used to stay at his house when I visited on the weekends.
Laura
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: special
I enjoyed this book. The young David Lear is in boarding school and this book eloquently and subtly carries us through this tween's reckoning with loneliness and accomplishment.
Jessica Deberry
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book. Very quick read and written by a Davidson College professor!
Sarah
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sweet coming of age book set at a prep school in the 40s.
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