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Girlchild

Girlchild
Tupelo Hassmen
Piccador
Publish date: 2013-02-13
$15.00
Paperback
Review date: 03-03-2013

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Review:

Susannah Meadows of The New York Times wrote that she’d go anywhere with this author……well…I want to go too!  Reminiscent of the work of Lesley Kagen, ‘ Girlchild’  is a taut  riveting coming of age novel brought to you by a fresh new voice on the literary fiction scene.  This is the story of the Calle, told from the perspective of Rory, a young girl being raised by a variety of damaged people in a Reno trailer park.  Every image you may have in your head of how wrong this can go is correct.  In spite of a situation ripe for trouble, starting with the hardware man and his equally troubled daughter, against whom Rory must defend herself, to an alcoholic mother to a grandmother with serious gambling issues, Rory  is able to find some solace in books and language.  While Hassmen expertly paints a bleak picture of Rory’s life in this 'no good' desert town [you’ll taste the dust long after you read the final paragraph], she also paints a picture of a young girl with undying spirit who tells her own story, and her way out of her story through dark humor, intelligence and hope.

   
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