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The Story of a Beautiful Girl af Rachel…
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The Story of a Beautiful Girl (original 2011; udgave 2014)

af Rachel Simon (Forfatter)

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A novel about a woman who can't speak, a man who is deaf, and a widow who finds herself suddenly caring for a newborn baby.
Medlem:Smits
Titel:The Story of a Beautiful Girl
Forfattere:Rachel Simon (Forfatter)
Info:Hyperion - Acquired Assets (2012), Edition: 1st, 358 pages
Samlinger:books interested in reading
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Nøgleord:insttutions, disabilitfies, deafness, baby

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    Lyset i havet af M. L. Stedman (Richardson76)
    Richardson76: So far this year these 2 books have been my favorite. Both are written well with wonderful and unusual story lines. I think both would make great book club books. Highly recommend both and solidify why I read in the first place.
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The changing character perspectives from chapter to chapter made this a hard one to get into for me, but in the end I thought it was very good. Interesting, heartbreaking glimpse into the world of mid-20th century institutionalization of the developmentally disabled, and a good story too. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
This is my favorite book this year so far. It is the story of the love between two people, both the victims of circumstances they are unable to control. Coming to their rescue is a seventy year old woman who will show you that there are good people in the world. The story is so heartbreaking at times but is such a great read. ( )
  myers3 | Oct 25, 2019 |
Lynnie had lived in an institution since she was a young girl when she ran away with her deaf boyfriend, Homan. Lynnie had been raped by one of the guards and was pregnant. She was petrified of having her child grow up in a place like “the school.” When Lynnie, Homan, and the baby appeared on the doorstep of an older woman named Martha, they were scared and running for their lives.

Just as fast as these characters’ stories merged, they were separated again. The rest of the novel concerns them trying to get back together again. Lynnie was captured and taken back to the school, Homan ran off into the woods and was presumed dead, Martha and the baby were left unexpectedly together.

Lynnie grew older in the institution which was eventually shut down. She was reunited with her sister and fought for self-determination. Homan travelled all over the country, living in various places with various people, trying to get back to Lynnie but not really sure how. Martha also travelled from place to place to hide the baby from authorities.

Most of the novel is quite sad and filled with tragedy, especially for Lynnie. She does find a sort of peace and happiness, but longed for Homan and her baby. In the end, the story wraps up sweetly with just a hint of ambiguity to keep it interesting.
  Carlie | Aug 9, 2019 |
in 1968, Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded and have been left and forgotten in the institution. In love, they escape and find refuse in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. Lynnie has given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them, Homan escapes, but Lynnie is caught and forced back into the institution. She asks Martha to take the baby and hide her. This starts a 40 year journey that also outlines changes in how disabilities are handled. I liked this book.
1 stem taurus27 | Jun 18, 2019 |
Bit long at times - went slow for chunks. By I loved it :). ( )
  gpratt | Dec 29, 2018 |
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Simon, who wrote so sensitively about disability in her memoir Riding the Bus With My Sister, often skirts schmaltz in The Story of Beautiful Girl, but she manages to steer her reader toward the truly stirring.
 
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