The Resource The shape of the atmosphere, by Jessica Dainty

The shape of the atmosphere, by Jessica Dainty

Label
The shape of the atmosphere
Title
The shape of the atmosphere
Statement of responsibility
by Jessica Dainty
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Gertie MacLarsen believes she was given ugliness at birth. Growing up in an estranged home, the only times she feels beautiful are the nights her father comes in to show her the stars. The day of her 16th birthday, the same day that Sputnik traverses the sky, Gertie's life is irrevocably changed. After a family tragedy, her elusive and alcoholic mother sends her to Willow Estate, a private mental institution, where she is thrown into a world of harsh therapies, dangerous hospital politics, and, surprisingly, a sense of family. Within the walls of Willow Estate Sanatorium, Gertie finds awfulness and grace, terror and family. From hydro and shock therapy, to first love, to rape and suicide, the only thing Gertie is sure of from day to day is that growing up is not a choice and that forgiveness and acceptance are perhaps the greatest gifts anyone can give. As Gertie learns her fellow patients' stories, she realizes she is not the only one alone in this giant universe and that finding yourself sometimes means letting the past versions of yourself go and letting others help you define your own center of gravity. Set against the historical backdrop of the early space race and freighting mental therapies circa 1950's, The Shape of the Atmosphere features a spectrum of supporting characters that brings the dramatic setting to life and a plot that explores what it means to know yourself in a world that never stops expanding and changing, and that humanity is possible, in any universe."
Cataloging source
FSP
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Dainty, Jessica
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mentally ill
  • Psychiatric hospital patients
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Families
  • Psychological fiction
  • Young adult fiction
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The shape of the atmosphere, by Jessica Dainty
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
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
236 pages
Isbn
9781945502101
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)968152323
  • 738944
  • (OCoLC)ocn968152323
  • 738944
Label
The shape of the atmosphere, by Jessica Dainty
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
236 pages
Isbn
9781945502101
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)968152323
  • 738944
  • (OCoLC)ocn968152323
  • 738944

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