Because I am furniture / by Thalia Chaltas.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.
    • ISBN:
      9780670062980 : HRD
      0670062987 : HRD
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    • ABNT:
      CHALTAS, T. Because I am furniture. [s. l.]: Viking, 2009. ISBN 9780670062980. Disponível em: Acesso em: 26 fev. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Chaltas T. Because I Am Furniture. Viking; 2009. Accessed February 26, 2020.
    • APA:
      Chaltas, T. (2009). Because I am furniture. Viking.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Chaltas, Thalia. 2009. Because I Am Furniture. Viking.
    • Harvard:
      Chaltas, T. (2009) Because I am furniture. Viking. Available at: (Accessed: 26 February 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Chaltas, T 2009, Because I am furniture, Viking, viewed 26 February 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Chaltas, Thalia. Because I Am Furniture. Viking, 2009. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Chaltas, Thalia. Because I Am Furniture. Viking, 2009.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Chaltas T. Because I am furniture [Internet]. Viking; 2009 [cited 2020 Feb 26]. Available from:


PW Reviews 2009 March #2

Chaltas's novel of poems marks an intensely powerful debut. Anke and her older siblings, Darren and Yaicha, may appear typical teenagers in public, but their home life is dominated by their father. Though he is verbally, physically and sexually abusive to her brother and sister, Anke seems beyond his notice ("with a sick/ acidic/ burbling/ bile/ i want what they have/ as horrible/ curdling/ vile/ as it is/ darren and yaicha/ get more/ than/ me"). The distance between the family members—separated by their silence—is palpable, as is Anke's growing sense of strength, partly due to her participation in volleyball at school ("My lungs are claiming expanding territory./ This is my voice./ This is MY BALL"). Though the pace is quick, tension builds slowly, almost agonizingly, as acts of abuse collect (a large bruise glimpsed on Darren's torso, muffled sounds from Yaicha's room that can't be tuned out). Readers will recognize the inevitability of an explosive confrontation, but the particulars will still shock. Incendiary, devastating, yet—in total—offering empowerment and hope, Chaltas's poems leave an indelible mark. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)

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