The Painters of Lexieville
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The Painters of Lexieville

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Sharon Darrow’s harrowing coming-of-age tale, told from the points of view of mother, son, and daughter, is rich with metaphorical significance and - like its small-town heroine - is obstinately, everlastingly hopeful.

Lexieville, Arkansas, can hardly be called a town - it’s just a handful of shotgun houses squatting at the end of a gravel road off the two-lane highway out...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Candlewick
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This coming-of-age novel uses multiple points of view, all in first person, to tell the story of Pert Lexie. Her family, her violent uncle and her mother increase her struggles to break out of poverty. I enjoyed this realistic book and Darrow's portrayal of Pert and her dreams and persistence.
Having come from nearly nothing and been surrounded with hardship her whole life, Pert is trying to find a way out of her dead-end existence and not go the way of her mother and sister, but breaking out isn't so easy to do without any guidance or support.
There's a sort of transference of antagonists here, or at least some haziness concerning who the real antagonist is. But hey! This book is about a girl trying to break out of her tiny town life, and that's what I love about it.
poignant in places, kind of weird in others. interesting, though.
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Sharon Darrow is the author of THE PAINTERS OF LEXIEVILLE and THROUGH THE TEMPESTS DARK AND WILD: A STORY OF MARY SHELLEY, CREATOR OF FRANKENSTEIN, illustrated by Angela Barrett. Sharon Darrow lives in Vermont.
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