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The Resource Ordinary people, Judith Guest

Ordinary people, Judith Guest

Label
Ordinary people
Title
Ordinary people
Statement of responsibility
Judith Guest
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Seventeen-year-old Conrad returns home from a mental institution, where he was sent after his brother's accidental death and his own ensuing suicide attempt. To begin a new life he must learn to accept himself and those close to him
Review
/* Starred Review */ Ordinary people on any street where you live, people you might know, people you'll know better at the end of this straight, unassuming, encroaching first novel. A family, or what's left of it--the Jarretts, after the circumstantial whim which took the life of their eldest boy in a boating accident and left Conrad, less "perfect," but much nicer with a sense of guilt he couldn't shake and still can't, even after trying to commit suicide, hospitalization, and now his return home. Home being the place where you keep your distance--from an indifferent, inaccessible mother and perhaps a too protective father who have to come to terms with other difficulties. This finds Conrad attempting to deal with everyone's unease, particularly his own, but slowly connecting (at school, with a girl) until someone he knew in the hospital--one of those two who's going to try again--kills herself, shattering his precarious stability. This has none of the sentimental overindulgence of Rose Garden, the obligatory referral and potential market (young people will also like this). Where it does succeed, and succeed it does, is in communicating a sense of life both felt and experienced without ever trespassing beyond actuality. Ordinary People is an exceptionally real book. (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 1976)
Additional physical form
Also issued online.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
031585
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Guest, Judith
Dewey number
813/.5/4
Index
no index present
Interest level
UG
LC call number
  • PZ4.G954
  • PS3557.U345
LC item number
Or
Literary form
fiction
Reading level
4.1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Teenage boys
  • Brothers
  • Illinois
  • Death
  • Teenage boys
  • Family problems
  • Mentally ill teenagers
  • Brothers
  • Death
  • Teenage boys
  • Illinois
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Ordinary people, Judith Guest
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm02020624
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
263 pages
Isbn
9780140065176
Lccn
76002368
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)2020624
Label
Ordinary people, Judith Guest
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm02020624
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
263 pages
Isbn
9780140065176
Lccn
76002368
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)2020624

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