When We Were Romans

When We Were Romans

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, [2008]
Edition: First edition in the U.S. of America.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780385667784
9780385526258
9780385524339
Branch Call Number: KNE
Characteristics: 224 pages ; 22 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 19, 2014

This compelling story is narrated by a nine-year-old hero who valiantly tries to hold his little family together as his mother becomes more and more unstable. Lawrence has fascinations appropriate for his age - Roman emperors (I learned quite a bit about Nero from him), outer space and his hamster. Convincingly childlike, he also steps up to the challenges thrust upon him. I couldn’t turn away from the story as I rooted for this charming boy on that fascinating edge of childhood, just before adolescence plunges him into a more adult and less trusting worldview.

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Aug 18, 2009

intriguing, though maybe a little simplistic

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