By Anne Tyler
Evie Decker is a shy, just a little plump teen, lonely and silent. yet her quiet existence is shattered while she hears the voice of Drumstrings Casey at the radio and turns into immediately interested in him. She manages to fulfill him, bursting out of her lonely shell--and into the attentive gaze of the intangible guy who turns into all too real....
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18 In what follows, there will be moments when reform writers can be seen questioning their understanding of truth. Much of what they perceive as truth, however, is the product of Protestant religious faith as well as of the Transcendentalist emphasis upon self-knowledge and self-reliance that pervaded antebellum reform culture: thus having faith, both in one’s God and in one’s self, often meant holding onto a vision of truth, especially when tested. Hence the pursuit of truth, on the page and in everyday life, was a continual balancing act between a selfish obstinacy and the defense of beliefs that one held dear.
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A Slipping-Down Life by Anne Tyler