The Mercy Rule

By Perri Klass
(Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780547237848, 288pp.)

Publication Date: July 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2008 Indie Next List
“In this arresting novel about marriage, parenting, working, and finding balance, Perri Klass tells the story of Lucy Weiss, a pediatrician working in a clinic that serves families who are just barely getting by. The novel is strong, real, poignant and, often, funny.”
-- Betsey Detwiler, Buttonwood Books & Toys, Cohasset, MA


Description

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.




About the Author

DR. PERRI KLASS is the award-winning author of eleven works of fiction and nonfiction, including Love and Modern Medicine and Other Women's Children. She is a pediatrician and teaches journalism and pediatrics at New York University. Klass is also the medical director of the national literacy program Reach Out and Read, dedicated to promoting literacy as part of pediatric primary care. She lives in New York.

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