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The Third Child: A Novel Paperback – November 23, 2004. One doesn't pick up a Marge Piercy novel for some mindless entertainment. Piercy, a deeply committed and passionate author and poet, has something to say-and she has done so strongly and well in her many novels

The Third Child: A Novel Paperback – November 23, 2004. by. Marge Piercy (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Piercy, a deeply committed and passionate author and poet, has something to say-and she has done so strongly and well in her many novels. So I knew going in that I was going to have an unforgettable experience, as many of Piercy's novels have never left my consciousness, most notably, "Vida" and "Braided Lives," among others. Nevertheless, I was not prepared for the brutal read that is "The Third Child.

One doesn't pick up a Marge Piercy novel for some mindless entertainment.

The Third Child, 2003. The survivors have written their own books. and those who perished are too many and too hungry.

The Third Child book. Under her mother's constant scrutiny and lost in the shadow of her. I really love Marge Piercy's work as a whole, but this book left me cold. Is it some attempt at YA? The parents are cardboard, and the protagonist is annoying. Perhaps I left too soon, but I gave it time in excess of the Nancy Pearl formula, (for those over 50, one's age subtracted from 100 is the highest page number one need give a book), and remained unimpressed. It's billed as a re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet, and maybe that's part of the problem. At this point in my life, I don't have a lot of sympathy with them, either.

Marge Piercy (born March 31, 1936) is an American poet, novelist, and social activist. Her work includes Woman on the Edge of Time; He, She and It, which won the 1993 Arthur C. Clarke Award; and Gone to Soldiers, a New York Times Best Seller and sweeping historical novel set during World War II. Piercy was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Bert (Bunnin) Piercy and Robert Piercy.

Melissa is the third of four children of a glamorous political powerhouse couple, movie-star gorgeous Sen. Dick Dickinson and his perfectly elegant, ruthlessly ambitious wife, Rosemary. Marge Piercy is the author of the memoir Sleeping with Cats and fifteen novels, including Three Women and Woman on the Edge of Time, as well as sixteen books of poetry, including Colors Passing Through Us, The Art of Blessing the Day, and Circles on the Water. She lives on Cape Cod, with her husband, Ira Wood, the novelist and publisher of Leapfrog Press. Библиографические данные.

I won’t leave school just seven weeks into the semester. We’ve decided it’s better for you to return home. Alison has checked, and we can get you into American University in January. She articulated carefully, putting on the m as she never would with anyone else. Not for me. I have friends here. I’m doing well in school, and you want to yank me out. No, thank you. You’ve paid my tuition and my room and board for the year, and I’m staying. Melissa, you’ve behaved irresponsibly and you must accept the cost.

Under her mother's constant scrutiny and lost in the shadow of her famous senator father, Melissa is the third child in the politically prominent Dickenson family, where ambition comes first and Melissa often comes last

Under her mother's constant scrutiny and lost in the shadow of her famous senator father, Melissa is the third child in the politically prominent Dickenson family, where ambition comes first and Melissa often comes last. In college, she meets Blake, a man of mixed race and apparently unknown parentage.

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The Third Child - Marge Piercy.

Under her mother's constant scrutiny and lost in the shadow of her famous senator father, Melissa is the third child in the politically prominent Dickenson family, where ambition comes first and Melissa often comes last. The Third Child - Marge Piercy.

The renowned novelist and poet Marge Piercy tells a contemporary love story set in the twin realms of college and national politics

In the politically prominent Dickinson family, ambition comes first, and Melissa, the third child, has always felt that she comes last. Going away to college offers her a chance at a life free from her brilliant mother's constant scrutiny and her famous father's lack of interest.

There she meets Blake, a man of mixed race and apparently unknown parentage. His adoptive parents are lawyers whose defense of death- row cases has brought them head-to-head with Melissa's father, the former governor of Pennsylvania who is now a U.S. senator.

Melissa and Blake's attraction is immediate; their affair, fiery. Yet Blake is keeping a dangerous secret from Melissa, one that could destroy them -- and their families.

Dealing with themes of love, honesty, identity, and the consequences of ambition, this thoughtful, beautifully written story is a remarkable and provocative page-turner.


Comments: (7)

Cemav
This is a perfectly ok book -- worth reading. But, I expect much more from Marge Piercy. The characters did not feel all that real although the plotline worked.
playboy
well-written and entertaining book. Towards the end, I couldn't bear to read more because I could see what it lead to. But that is just an indication of how riveting the book is. And I did finish it :)
Mohn
I disliked this book.
Hucama
One doesn't pick up a Marge Piercy novel for some mindless entertainment. Piercy, a deeply committed and passionate author and poet, has something to say--and she has done so strongly and well in her many novels.
So I knew going in that I was going to have an unforgettable experience, as many of Piercy's novels have never left my consciousness, most notably, "Vida" and "Braided Lives," among others. Nevertheless, I was not prepared for the brutal read that is "The Third Child."
When I say "brutal," I am not referring to violence or mayhem, although one could certainly make a case for psychological violence in this plot ... Melissa Dickinson, who considers herself too tall, too fat, and altogether lumpish, thanks to her shrew of a mother, is the third of four chidren in the picture-perfect family of her father, Senator Dick Dickinson. We gather that the senator is an arch conservative, whose wife (and Melissa's uncaring mother), Rosemary, a small-boned, brittle beauty, is the power behind the throne. Nothing, absolutely nothing, will stop Rosemary in her constant and obsessive push to further her husband's career all the way to the presidency. Every aspect of Melissa's life is a photo op. Otherwise, she sees nothing of her father, and her mother only communicates to criticize.
So it is no wonder, then, that when Melissa finally escapes to college, she falls heavily and hard for just the "wrong type of boy" in her mother's eyes, had her mother known about the romance. Blake is 19, like Melissa, a gorgeous black man who was adopted and raised by a prominent Jewish famiy and who considers himself Jewish as well. A double whammy for the oh-so-WASP Dickinsons. But Melissa is besotted with Blake, madly passionately in love as only a first love can be. Too bad the reader is not--there is something just a bit off with this boy, and the reader is at a loss to know what it is.
Here is Piercy's genius coming through. The Dickinson matriarch is such a horrible, manipulative and terrible person, that the reader is loathe to take any opinion that would in any way coincide with hers. And yet as a mother of a 19-year-old daughter, all I could think as a reader was, "get away from this boy! He's no good!" And yet I didn't know why.
This sense of unease grows throughout the book to an almost unbearable level as we see the insidious manipulation of Melissa from all sides, even when we can't figure out what it's about. The ending is explosive and troubling in the extreme.
This is a scathing indictment of politics in America, no matter what the political party. It makes any reader stop and think, especially in an election year...I recommend it to everybody, no matter how liberal or conservative they may be. Another triumph for Piercy, who simply gets better and better with every book she writes.
Elizabeth
Like many other reviewers here, I've been a Piercy fan for years and years. I've read nearly all of her considerable ouvre. I therefore eagerly greeted this novel, being further excited by the prospect of a main character who would appear to be a bit of stretch for Piercy. Piercy's shtick of the last 20 years -- Jewish, artsy female character struggles with sex (but never her sacred identity) -- has gotten just a little tiresome and I was looking forward to seeing one of my favorite authors tackle a new kind of protagonist, this time a neglected, wealthy daughter of WASP political family.

For many chapters, I found the characters interesting if not always compelling and found the increase in dramatic tension very assured, something that Piercy has not always pulled off in her earlier work. The plot truly thickens.

And the characters are truly credible. Our heroine, Melissa, is blinded by passion and the thrill of having a clever, handsome young man choose her for his life partner. When Melissa fails to consider that her partner's, Blake's, agendas are themselves ambivalent -- does he want her, or just revenge on her powerful, hideously right-wing father? -- we can fully believe in her internal war between love and doubt. (And I found it touching to see how many reviewers think a high SAT score should indicate political awareness and emotional wisdom -- fat chance!).

But if this novel shows anything, it shows that merely believable ambivalence is not enough. Although Blake does something at the end of the novel that the reader can see coming but which Melissa is plausibly unaware of, the meaning of his act doesn't resolve into anything. Is he a flawed hero? A manipulative criminal? Piercy doesn't let us in on the secret nor has she built the unfolding of this vital secret into the very structure of the story, something she would have achieved in the past. So, ex-ghetto kid gets his revenge at a terrible price. So what?
Fast Lovebird
I used to enjoy the occassional Marge Piercy book I picked up but I was disappointed in this one for many of the same reasons others have already mentioned. The characters drove me nuts.....couldn't feel empathy towards ANY of them.I wasn't sure if I was supposed to like Blake or not but I did not. Melissa was pathetic. I almost thought Alison might turn out to be a double-agent which could have been interesting..... I was especially annoyed at the dialogue as it struck me as stereotyped.....I guess I'm not with it but I thought Melissa and Emily and other friends were pretty crude when it came to discussing their sex lives. I'm Caucasian with many African-American friends who don't speak like they did in the book. I agree with the reader who complained about Blake's OVERuse of "Babes".....I would have dumped him just for calling me that. I was also annoyed by Nadine's comment about "hope you don't raise your children Christian" when she admitted to not even being a religious Jew. It seemed like an unnecessary dig at Christians without a point.Why in the world should she care? Obviously, for growing up with such progressive adoptive parents, their son missed out on some ethical training if he felt justified to go out and hack into others' computers,USE people for his advantage, lie and MURDER for revenge. About the only part I liked was reading about their house in Georgetown since I lived there for many years. I read about a third and then did something I never do...skipped to the last 75 pgs or so...who knows what I missed....who cares!(not me). I'm glad this wasn't her 1st book b/c I never would have read another.
The Third Child download epub
Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Marge Piercy
ISBN: 0066211166
Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Language: English
Publisher: William Morrow & Co; First Edition edition (November 25, 2003)
Pages: 352 pages