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Shuggie Bain

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Hugh "Shuggie" Bain, is a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher's policies have put husbands and sons out of work, and the city's notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings. Shuggie's mother Agnes walks a wayward path: she is Shuggie's guiding light but a burden for him and his siblings. Married to a philandering taxi-driver husband, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good-but under the surface, Agnes finds increasing solace in drink, and she drains away all the family has to live on--on cans of extra-strong lager hidden in handbags and poured into tea mugs. Agnes's older children find their own ways to get a safe distance from their mother, abandoning Shuggie to care for her as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety. Shuggie is meanwhile struggling to somehow become the normal boy he desperately longs to be, but everyone has realized that he is "no right," a boy with a secret that all but him can see. Agnes is supportive of her son, but her addiction has the power to eclipse everyone close to her--even her beloved Shuggie.

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  • 5 of 67 copies available at Westchester Library System.

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160 current holds with 67 total copies.

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Bedford Free Library FIC STU (Text)
New Book
31002150825494
Checked out
02/27/2021
Bedford Hills Free Library STUART (Text)
New Book
31003151428593
Checked out
03/09/2021
Briarcliff Manor Public Library FICTION STUART (Text)
New Fiction
31036150925128
Checked out
03/03/2021
Bronxville Public Library FICTION STUART (Text)
Express Item
31004151755357
Checked out
03/03/2021
Bronxville Public Library FICTION STUART (Text)
New Fiction
31004151755423
Checked out
03/12/2021
Chappaqua Library FICTION STUART (Text)
New Fiction
31005153444593
Checked out
03/06/2021
Chappaqua Library FICTION STUART (Text)
New Fiction
31005153444809
Checked out
02/19/2021
Chappaqua Library FICTION STUART (Text)
Fiction
31005500423134
Checked out
03/04/2021
Croton Free Library FICTION/STUART (Text)
New Fiction
31006151769981
Checked out
02/24/2021
Croton Free Library PB FIC/STUART (Text)
New Paperback
31006151798337
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