When We Were Romans

When We Were Romans

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Nine-year-old Lawrence is the man in his family. He carefully watches over his willful little sister, Jemima, and his mother, Hannah. When Hannah becomes convinced that their estranged father is stalking them, the family flees London and heads for Rome, where Hannah lived happily as a young woman. For Lawrence, fascinated by stories of popes and emperors, Rome is an adventure. Though they are short of money, and move from home to home, staying with his mother's old friends, little by little their new life seems to be taking shape. But the trouble that brought them to Italy will not quite leave them in peace. Narrated in Lawrence's perfectly rendered voice, When We Were Romans powerfully evokes the emotions and confusions of childhood--the triumphs, the jealousies, the fears, and the love. Even as everything he understands is turned upside down, Lawrence remains determined to keep his family together. Like the young narrators of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and To Kill a Mockingbird, Lawrence views the world from a perspective that is at once endearingly innocent and preternaturally wise.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, c2008
Edition: 1st ed. in the U.S. of America
ISBN: 9780385526258
0385526253
9780385524339
0385524331
Characteristics: 224 p. ; 22 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 19, 2014

This compelling story is narrated by a nine-year-old hero who valiantly tries to hold his little family together as his mother becomes more and more unstable. Lawrence has fascinations appropriate for his age - Roman emperors (I learned quite a bit about Nero from him), outer space and his hamster. Convincingly childlike, he also steps up to the challenges thrust upon him. I couldn’t turn away from the story as I rooted for this charming boy on that fascinating edge of childhood, just before adolescence plunges him into a more adult and less trusting worldview.

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Aug 18, 2009

intriguing, though maybe a little simplistic

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