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Terry Reed

 


Writer


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Terry Reed, a freelance writer, lives in New York City.  Cherry is her first produced screenplay.

NEWS! - Terry's first novel, The Full Cleveland, was published in January 2005 by Simon and Schuster. Read a preview of the front flap and some excellent reviews below.

"Miss Reed has ascended in a rare flight of fancy and written an American family that works. It is a lyrical and sweet-natured and properly eccentric novel that delivers on all of its promise."                                                  - Richard Ford

"The Full Cleveland is a sharp, wry, sometimes insane portrait of a supersized Catholic clan living in the suburbs circa 1970.  The writing is eagle-eyed, both indicting and forgiving, the characters rich and resonant. Terry Reed is a fresh and vivid voice on the American scene."
                                                                   - Richard Price

"A keenly observed, passionate tale . . . Terry Reed sees the wonder, the pain, the fragile pleasures and bittersweet humor of growing up. This is a remarkable debut."  
                                                                   - Michael Grant Jaffe

“…delightfully zany coming-of-age novel… Hilarious and poignant by turns, this novel resonates with warmth, charm, and honesty.”                                         – Booklist

“Boyce is the narrator of this engrossing, affectionate triumph of style, locale and voice… It is a richly imagined coming-of-age novel about a family more loving than dysfunctional… full of telling character detail… [and is] a memorable, smart homage to a childhood and a place that richly deserves such honor.”
                   – Carlo Wolff (St. Petersburg Times & Denver Post)

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THE FULL CLEVELAND
By Terry Reed

Simon & Schuster

We circled back to South Park and then to our house. Ours was nice and everything, but it didn’t look like the Magic Kingdom like some of the others. It was just big and brick with a lot of windows. In the sunlight, they were shiny and dark, and the panes in the French doors almost looked like so many mirrors, and in them, you could see reflections so intricate you could practically watch the wind blowing in the trees. That was all there was to it.

"When we were rich, we had no real use for the Easter Bunny." With trademark elegance and wit, Boyce Parkman, the young narrator of Terry Reed’s smart, sexy novel The Full Cleveland, begins the story that follows a privileged Shaker Heights family's dramatic reversal of fortune—and an American girl’s surprising coming of age.

Bright, athletic, charming, the five Parkman children appear to be living an American dream, in a beautiful house, in a beautiful neighborhood. But as Boyce transforms from a precocious ten-year-old to a passionate, idealistic, young woman, she comes to see the dream as an illusion. Part of the problem is her parents. Dad, the Protestant, seems intent on nurturing his children with the noble ideals of an obsolete generation. He wants them to see great works of art, and to witness the realities of life on the other side of town, in the destitute slums of inner city Cleveland. Mother, a Catholic, is hellbent on having her kids achieve something in life, and her method is to make them pray for it. Add the confusing influences of teenage life in a charmed world—the gorgeous girls, the beautiful boys, the sudden friend: school genius, scholarship student and bus driver’s daughter.

Finally Boyce has to find her own philosophical path through the turmoil of her adolescence and the unraveling of her family’s fortunes. Her first real love, her first glimpse of a universe outside her own, her first great friend all mark her as she navigates her way through comic detours and unexpected turns of fate. Here is an original voice that dazzles and delights, a heroine both fierce-hearted and funny, who sets out to find the true meaning of success. In the end, loss of fortune is seamlessly linked with childhood’s passing, becoming a deft metaphor for the journey of everyman, and every girl. The Full Cleveland takes its place on the small shelf of great coming of age fiction.