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The Mercy Rule - 9780547237848

Un libro in lingua di Perri Klass edito da Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009

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At first glance, Dr. LucyWeiss looks like a typical high-achieving, upper-middle-class working mother who is raising two children in the suburbs with her husband. But having overcome a difficult childhood in foster care, Lucy knows firsthand what it is like to grow up in the margins. Now a pediatrician, she finds herself working with at-risk patients and their families. Every day she must decide whether a parent's actions are so incompetent ? or so clueless ? that a child is in danger. As she moves between her disparate worlds ? from worrying about her own daughter enduring the social pressures of adolescence to worrying about parents struggling with drugs and impossible living situations ? Lucy must judge herself as a parent, critique other parents, and also deal with the echoes of her childhood.Through it all, she keeps the balance with humor and sympathy. The Mercy Rule is a compassionate and funny novel sure to resonate with those who know the joys and challenges of taking care of children.

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