# Novel《Bran-New + It Touchingly Conveys The Magic Of Everyday Living During A Darkened Time》Judy Chicurel : IF I KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO BE THIS BEAUTIFUL I NEVER WOULD HAVE LET YOU GO
This The Guardian bestseller in paperback edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM76.38. Now here Only at RM15. “Brings to mind the books of Richard Price and the films of Martin Scorsese... I did not want this book to end.” —Julie Klam, New York Times–bestselling author of Friendkeeping. Judy Chicurel's exquisitely written debut evokes the atmosphere of a 1970s summer in a close-knit working class community on Long Island. Katie and her young friends face a changing world, with prospects very different from those presented to their parents. It is the summer of 1972, and Katie has just turned eighteen. Katie and her town, Elephant Beach, are both on the verge: Katie of adulthood, and Elephant Beach of gentrification. But not yet: Elephant Beach is still gritty, working-class, close-knit. And Katie spends her time smoking and drinking with her friends, dreaming about a boy just back from Vietnam who’s still fighting a battle Katie can’t understand. The Vietnam War seems pointless to many but has devastated lives that remain broken even after the fighting is over. As, with bittersweet humour, the characters' experiences unfold, daily events mirror bigger issues: an illegal abortion is plotted; the town is sinking into an economic abyss forcing Katie's friends to leave in search of more promising horizons; drugs claim the lives of those often too high to recognise the danger until it is too late; and Katie dreams of a boy back from Nam who's still fighting a battle. In this poignant, evocative debut collection, Judy Chicurel creates a haunting, vivid world, where conflicts between mothers and daughters, men and women, soldiers and civilians and haves and have-nots reverberate to our own time. She captures not only a time and place, but the universal experience of being poised between the past and the future. At once heartbreaking, mesmerizing, and nostalgic, Chicurel shows us that no matter how beautiful some dreams are, there comes a time when we must let them go. Everybody in the small town community of on Long Island’s Elephant Beach knows everybody else. As Chicurel entwines the lives of the inhabitants together, she creates in the novel a familiar and at times even claustrophobic atmosphere. At its heart This Beautiful is a coming of age story of coming of age story, capturing the lives of protagonist Katie and her small group of friends as they grow up in the early 1970s. From losing their virginity to their first forays into unrequited love and infidelity, everything yet nothing happens to them. Chicurel captures the essence of being a teenager exquisitely and as the pages turn, you can’t help but get that warm feeling of having once been there yourself. Themes of friendships, love and loyalty are woven through the story, as well as that all too familiar feeling when what you’ve wished for so long becomes a reality but isn’t quite as magical as you thought it would be. The shadow of the Vietnam War gives This Beautiful a darkness. As residents of Elephant Beach return from fighting, they bring with them economic problems, drug abuse and post traumatic stress. Mitch for example is particularly affecting. Having fought in the war and awarded a medal of honour he should be a hero. Instead he pays the price for the war with his health. An amputee and a drunk, he wastes the days away at the dingy bar in The Starlight Hotel waiting for his next disability cheque to be paid. Across the street Katie pines for Luke, the boy she once loved. The war however has taken him from her, leaving just a shell of a man in his place. Both funny and heartbreaking in equal measure, Chicurel expertly creates ia slow burning page-turner. An episode of Coronation Street it is not. She doesn’t pack in the action and instead lets it unfold, as with life itself. As a result she creates tangible lives you truly care about. About the Author Judy Chicurel’s work has appeared in national, regional, and international publications, including The New York Times, Newsday, and Granta. Her plays have been produced and performed in Manhattan. Chicurel currently lives by the water in Brooklyn.
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