Story of Beautiful Girl, TheSimon, Rachel
In 1960s Pennsylvania, the only way inmates Lynnie and Homan can ensure Lynnie's unborn child is not incarcerated in "The School for the Incurable and the Feebleminded", is to flee. While Lynnie finds herself back in the institution, Homan escapes and baby Julia is raised far from the reach of the authorities. As societal attitudes begin to change, freedoms are granted and life for the residents with disabilities starts to improve, but where are Homan and Julia?
An insightful examination of institutional care and the unenviable decisions made on behalf of others. An uplifting and rewarding read. [Larger font]
Comments from GroupsMembers found it well written and an enjoyable read, and it lead to an interesting discussion. Whakatane 005 We all loved this book! It generated a lot of discussion on many different themes, including race, intellectual disabilities, parenting, lost opportunities and remorse. One or two holes in the plot but these also helped to generate good discussion. Auckland 255 Our group enjoyed this book - it was warmly and gently written. It did get slow in the middle and the cast of characters was overwhelming....especially if you read the book in small chunks over time. The ending was unbelievably 'happy', and the way the connections were made and the puzzles resolved a little complex. Still, life is chaotic and random! Wellington 018 Most enjoyed the book, although one felt it was far-fetched and depressing. We agreed that things have changed for the better since that era. The author certainly knew and understood the world of the disabled. Carterton 001 We thoroughly enjoyed this book - a page-turning story with well drawn characters and a very important message re the care of the disabled, especially the mentally handicapped. Discussion was enthusiastic - we can warmly recommend 'The Story of Beautiful Girl'. Whangarei 004 Everyone absolutely loved the book. For one member, who has adopted a little girl with learning disabilities, it was particularly moving. We discussed the horrors of institutionalised care, and how attitudes have changed. It was a very beautiful book. Queenstown 010