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Ordinary People

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Ordinary People

by Judith Guest

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New York: Ballantine Books. February 1977. Very Good. Mass Market Paperback. Eighth printing, October 1980. Interior unmarked. Spine creased and curved. Covers clean. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. 245 pages.

Seventeen-year-old Conrad returns home from a mental institution, where he was sent after his brother's accidental death and his own ensuing suicide attempt. To begin a new life he must learn to accept himself and those close to him.


The Novel that Inspired Robert Redford’s Oscar Winning Film starring Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore In Ordinary People , Judith Guest’s remarkable first novel, the Jarrets are a typical American family. Calvin is a determined, successful provider and Beth an organized, efficient wife. They had two sons, Conrad and Buck, but now they have one. In this memorable, moving novel, Judith Guest takes the reader into their lives to share their misunderstandings, pain...and ultimate healing. Judith Guest is the author of six novels, including Ordinary People, Errands , and the Tarnished Eye.


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On Dec 29 2007, Hazelwood_Booksellers said:
Ordinary People is a quintessential classic of the modern era, it is required reading in institutions of higher learning, and study guides are published specifically for it. it was the first unsolicited manuscript Viking Publishers had purchased in twenty-six years, and the under-anticipated initial sales from booksellers was to such a degree that they had to reauthorize two more printing runs before the trade edition was first shipped to stores. Ordinary People was the recipient of the Janet Heidiger Kafka Prize in 1976. It was made into a blockbuster movie in 1980, garnering three Academy Awards, directed by Robert Redford, and starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, and Timothy Hutton. It is the story of a teenager returning home after several months in a mental facility, coming to terms with his none too ordinary self, in a middle class family that has always considered themselve, simply, as ordinary people. And it is the story of his family coming to terms with with the awakening that there are no ordinary people, and no ordinary families. Each must come to realize that all have their own trials and tribulations, joys and love. And come to accept that in opening up to each other they bring together that which creates a unique family, their family.


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Ordinary People
Judith Guest
Mass Market Paperback
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Ballantine Books
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
February 1977
fiction, boys, brothers, death, mental illness, suicide, teens, teenage, teenagers, Illinois
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Children; Fiction; Domestic and Family Fiction;

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