Black and white, gay and straight, mothers and daughters, class, and coming of age. Jo is working class, in her teens, living with her drunk and libidinous mother in northern England. When mom marries impulsively, Jo is out on the streets; she and Geoffrey, a gay co worker who's adrift himself, find a room together. Then Jo finds herself pregnant after a one night stand with Jimmy, a Black sailor. Geoffrey takes over the preparations for the baby's birth, and becomes, in effect, the child's father. The three of them seem to have things sorted out when Jo's mother reappears on the scene, assertive and domineering. Which "family" will emerge?—
working class, coming of age, family relationships, unwed pregnancy, pregnant teenager, mother daughter relationship, child abandonment, based on play, dysfunctional family, single mother, friendship, british new wave, loss of virginity, ring, shared bed, falling down stairs, ship, dancing, bathtub, toy car
A near-classic of postadolescent confusion and longing.
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