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coming-of-age

Describing something, such as a book or film, that focuses on a character's maturation to adulthood. Her coming-of-age novel focuses on a child born into poverty who goes on to be a Harvard graduate.
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Everyone who turned 20 during the previous academic year - April to April - is invited to the festivities, (http://okinawa.stripes.com/news/all-grown-and-gussied-coming-age-day-incites-rite-passage-and-more#sthash.ZO2pLS7E.dpbs) according to Stars and Stripes Okinawa . But Coming of Age Day isn't just reserved for partying - people also must prepare to change their lifestyle and contribute to society.
The initial focus of The Almighty Johnsons involves the coming of age of Axl Johnson (Emmett Skilton), a young New Zealander who was essentially raised by his older brother Mikkel or Mike (Tim Balme) in the absence of both parents.
Coming of Age at the End of Nature distills the zeitgeist of the twenty-first century.
Jim Lester is the author of two previous coming of age novels-Fallout, which Booklist called " a fast paced, clever coming of age story, Salingeresque in spirit and The Great Pretender, which received consistently excellent reviews on Amazon.
MAGICAL ERA: The Coming of Age at the Ace Cafe exhibition at Coventry Transport Museum
Those have been two important parts of "coming of age" for me so far.
The 52-year-old said: "There's no need for them to go to a coming of age ceremony.
It is suggested schoolleavers should swear a 'coming of age' oath
AS PART OF OUR "Coming of Age" series, we examine the new Vietnam through the eyes of Nguyen Song Nhi, 16, for whom the "American War" is ancient history.
Bush presents Cry of the Goshawk, a novel for young adults about a young man's coming of age. Set in the old west in the United States territory of Alaska, Cry of the Goshawk follows its pious young lead as he learns to love the beauty and wonder of the wild, a passion he retains even as he tries to adapt to the complicated machinations of society.
Jewish Girls Coming of Age places individual experiences within the larger story of a growing youth culture, especially when the book turns to the twentieth century.
Margaret Mead was an influential American cultural anthropologist and feminist who offered the world an unprecedented look into the cultural practices of the people of Samoa through her landmark book Coming of Age in Samoa (1928, Harper Perennial).
A kind of "coming of age" novel with distinctly autobiographical elements by Gerald Inmon, Yocona Puff Adder is the story of Scott and Charlie, two seven year old children growing up in the American south and leading horrific, heroic, disdainful, persistent, and thoroughly active lives.
Tackling such issues as sexual harassment, homophobia, and HIV, Sanchez's novels "also tell universal stories of friendship, love, coming of age, and being true to yourself," he says.
Peter Harcourt and others have noted the importance of coming of age as perhaps the key Canadian genre, and Touch of Pink follows that seemingly unconscious tradition.