By Hazel Rochman
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When Jamaica Kincaid in Annie John describes the necessary abyss that develops between a teenager and her loving mother, I recognize my conflict in breaking free from home. When the teenager in Betsy Byars' Bingo Brown's Guide to Romance meets his beloved on a perilous journey to the laundrette, I recognizein the very banality of the detailthat Odysseus is me. When Paula Fox in One-Eyed Cat describes the "little worm of mucus" where the eye had been in the injured cat, I shudder at the Page 14 physical image and at the sense of shameful secrets.
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Against borders: promoting books for a multicultural world by Hazel Rochman