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Making homeOrphanhood, kinship and cultural memory in contemporary American novels$
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Maria Holmgren Troy, Elizabeth Kella, and Helena Wahlström

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089596

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089596.001.0001

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(p.214) Coda
Making home

Maria Holmgren Troy

Elizabeth Kella

Helena Wahlström

Manchester University Press

The coda of this study summarizes findings about the literary orphan figure in contemporary American novels. Through brief analyses of Tim Gautreaux’s The Missing (2009), Chang-Rae Lee’s The Surrendered (2010), Sapphire’s The Kid (2011), Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child (2012), and Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son (2012), it demonstrates the continued relevance of this figure for literary imaginings of home.

Keywords:   Adam Johnson, Chang-Rae Lee, contemporary American novels, Eowyn Ivey, Sapphire, Tim Gautreaux, literary orphan

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