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Perfectly Secret

The Hidden Lives of Seven Teen Girls

edited by Susan Musgrave

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girls & women, teenagers
list price: $18.95
also available: Paperback
published: 2004
publisher: Annick Press

Seven essays from the heart.

"When I was sixteen years old I had secrets, all right. But my secrets were not exactly my own; they were the secrets of others." So writes Nan Germaine in Perfectly Secret, Susan Musgrave's fourth collection of essays written by women writers about their teenage lives.

Nan remembers the loneliness of enduring her parent's secret confessions: her mother's unhappiness and her father's infidelity. For Anita Rau Badami, a mad aunt was her hidden shame. Meanwhile, a drunken father meant Lorna Crozier could never invite her friends home. And Cathy Stonehouse, who lived her life in fragments, found her secret self threatened in a not-so-innocent game of Truth or Dare.

Heartfelt, disarmingly honest, at times painful, these essays eloquently capture the reality of adolescent life. Perfectly Secret is a testament to the axiom that life isn't always as it appears.


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Contributor notes

Susan Musgrave is a poet, novelist, children's writer, essayist and columnist. Her previous books include Nerves Out Loud, Certain Things About My Mother, and You Be Me.


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Editorial Reviews

Each author tells a deeply personal, honest story that will resonate with young adults.

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Taken together, they also lead readers to realize that secrets have tremendous power and enormous emotional costs. Each piece is sensitive, realistic, and well written.

— School Library Journal
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Susan Musgrave

Susan Musgrave has won awards for writing in four different categories: poetry, fiction, nonfiction and children's books. She's been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award four times, has received the Tilden (CBC/Saturday Night) Canadian Literary Award for Poetry and the Vicky Metcalf Short Story Editor's Award. Her poem Ice-Age Lingerie won the Panty Lines Poetry Contest.
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