At a glance:
- Author: Patricia MacLachlan
- First Published: 1980
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Domestic realism
- Time of Work: The late twentieth century
- Setting: Northern farm country of the United States
- Characters: Arthur Rasby, Aunt Elda, Uncle Wrisby, Moira MacAvin, Moreover
- Genres: Long fiction, Domestic realism, Novel
- Subjects: Children, Family or family life, Mothers, Parents and children, Pregnancy, Farms, farmers, or farming, Fathers, Animals
- Locales: United States, North America
Form and Content
Arthur, for the Very First Time is the humorous story of a ten-year-old boy who learns to accept himself, his family, and his life. It is filled with charming and eccentric people and animals, such as an aunt who climbs out on a tree limb to leave a hank of her hair for a mockingbird to use in its nest and a chicken who sleeps in a crib and responds best when addressed in French. Patricia MacLachlan skillfully blends her unusual characters in a world that verges on fantasy but retains a unique and charming reality.
Arthur Rasby is miserable as...
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