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The Roaring Girl

3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In the title story, an eight-year-old boy's life is transformed when his parents take in an adolescent drifter. She stays in the basement and works at his father's service station, and she is as tough and unreachable as the boy is sensitive and vulnerable. She curses, she lies, she fixes cars, and she eventually steals from the cash register and runs off with the ...more
Hardcover, 196 pages
Published March 31st 1997 by Putnam Adult (first published 1995)
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Aug 09, 2014 Marissa rated it did not like it
I found these stories to be rather pointless and boring. Finishing this book was a struggle.
Courtney Rosa
Dec 16, 2014 Courtney Rosa rated it did not like it
Zero stars. Couldn't connect with any of the stories or characters.
Mar 11, 2016 Rob rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I found this collection just so-so, split between a few remarkable stories (the most memorable being the title piece) and some duds that strained my patience for the characters and their dilemnas. When it wasn't working, the opaque narratives frustrated my empathy for the characters, preventing me from gaining enough of a foothold on the action. When it was clicking, it felt cunning and perceptive, but not often deep enough for me. Perhaps this was fresher twenty years ago, but I personally find ...more
Jul 29, 2016 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember much about this except that I bought it on the strength of having enjoyed 'The Healer' and found it vaguely disappointing, but that could very easily have been due to the fact that I rarely find short stories as satisfactory as a novel
Donald Schopflocher
Feb 12, 2016 Donald Schopflocher rated it liked it
Hit and miss short story collection. The hits are ascerbic witty portraits of lower middle class suburbia circa 1980s, often about children and earliest sexual experiences. The misses? Too grotesque, too obscure.
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Good short stories, the best was "Rose Cottage"
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Absolutely fascinating buffet of well-written, enigmatic stories.
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It's a 'read' in progress. Got the book back east, wanna read it...
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