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Shuggie Bain

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First edition.

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.

Available copies

  • 40 of 77 copies available at Westchester Library System. (Show)
  • 2 of 4 copies available at Yonkers Public Library System. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Yonkers Grinton I. Will Library.

Current holds

14 current holds with 77 total copies.
Location Call Number /
Shelving Location
Barcode Status /
Due Date
Yonkers Grinton I. Will Library FICTION (Text)
Fiction
31035604027523
Checked out
08/18/2021

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