The Lovely Shoes
Can the right pair of shoes make "anyone" feel beautiful?
Franny is constantly embarrassed by two things in her life. One is her right foot, which curls in from a birth defect, so she has to wear ugly, heavy orthopedic shoes. And the other is her mother Margaret: beautiful, extravagant, flamboyant -- "mortifying", in their small Ohio town.
Franny's first school dance is a...more
Every once in a while you come across a book you want to keep on a special shelf with all the others you reread time and again. “The Lovely Shoes” by Susan Shreve is one such book.
Franny Hall is different. So is her mother, but for another reason.
Franny was born with a birth defect; her right foot is small and curled making her, as the people of the time called it, crippled. Franny’s right leg is also shorter than the left, and she has to wear a lift in her shoe to m...more
While I liked a lot of things about Franny, I found her somewhat histrionic and her parents, especially her mother,...more
The Lovely Shoes was a lovely story of a girl from small town Ohio growing up. I definitely remember the drama of being a teenage girl, even without a birth defect like Franny's or anything else that made me seem different than the other girls, and Susan Shreve communicates all that drama and embarrassment and confusion very well in her writing. I loved seeing Franny grow up and c...more
This was in the child...more
It's a love story about Franny who has a crippled leg and is entering high school with such a low self esteem because of her leg. Chi...more
The protagonist, Franny, was born with a birth defect of legs and feet. As a result, she has a limp and has to wear special orthopedic shoes. As she becomes a...more
Franny withdraws into herself and locks herself in her room for several days. Her mother hatches a plan to have Salvatore Ferragamo, cobbler to the stars make Franny a pair of lovely shoes. They only have to figure out how to get to Italy and meet him.
I liked this story because the feelings Francine experiences--ugliness, uncertainty, longing, etc.-- ar...more