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Girlchild (Hardcover)

Author:  Tupelo Hassman
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0374162573
ISBN-13: 9780374162573
Sku: 222996665
Publish Date: 2/14/2012
Pages:  275
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In this heart-stopping, original debut, Hassman tells the story of young Rory Hendrix, who is determined to get out of the Reno trailer park where she lives with her bartender mother and prove she''s not the feeble-minded imbecile she''s been labeled.
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Rory Hendrix is the least likely of Girl Scouts. She hasn’t got a troop or even a badge to call her own.  But she’s checked the Handbook out from the elementary school library so many times that her name fills all the lines on the card, and she pores over its surreal advice (Disposal of Outgrown Uniforms; The Right Use of Your Body; Finding Your Way When Lost) for tips to get off the Calle:  that is, Calle de los Flores, the Reno trailer park where she lives with her mother, Jo, the sweet-faced, hard-luck bartender at the Truck Stop.||Rory’s been told she is “third generation in a line of apparent imbeciles, feeble-minded bastards surely on the road to whoredom.” But she’s determined to prove the County and her own family wrong. Brash, sassy, vulnerable, wise, and terrified, she struggles with her mother’s habit of trusting the wrong men, and the mixed blessing of being too smart for her own good. From diary entries, social worker’s reports, half-recalled memories, story problems, arrest records, family lore, Supreme Court opinions, and her grandmother’s letters, Rory crafts a devastating collage that shows us her world while she searches for the way out of it. Girlchild is a heart-stopping and original debut.

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"Rory endures sexual abuse, the death of loved ones, and everyday invisibility--all without playing for our sympathy. She's a resilient, if-ragged, life force in a desert landscape where you'd have a better chance of sighting a UFO than a helicopter parent. It's a testament to Hassman's assurance as a writer that, even though we readers have the option of leaving, we hunker down in that trailer park with Rory for the long dry season of her youth." - Maureen Corrigan 02/09/2012

"Although the novel is harrowing, Hassman's imaginative prose helps the reading go easier. Trailer park epigrams...and moments of strange beauty enhance our sense of the Calle community.... Occasional digressions into high-minded moral questions and certain narrative innovations, like a series of word problems, pull us away at critical moments....But the puzzles do highlight one of the novel's strengths: Hassman's determination to quantify Rory's abuse." - Megan Mayhew Bergman 02/19/2012

"Ms. Hassman is such a poised storyteller that her prose practically struts. Her words are as elegant as they are fierce. A voice as fresh as hers is so rare that at times I caught myself cheering. . . ." - Susannah Meadows 03/02/2012

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0275
Product attributePublisher:   Farrar Straus Giroux
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