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The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
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Jan 28, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: literary
Read from January 24 to 26, 2012

This was an engrossing and quite beautiful tale, the story of three different people - Lynnie, a young, beautiful girl with intellectual problems; Homan, a deaf, black man and Martha, a retired school teacher. They are all brought together in a story that centres around a tiny baby girl. The characters are well realised and developed, and display growth and insight as the story unfolds, as well as displaying the darker underbelly of what becomes of societies "rejects" - the people who are not deemed capable of every day life.

It is moving, and poignant and should be enjoyed by fans of books such as "The Memory Keeper's Daughter". I did feel, however, that some parts of it dragged on a bit and that it did make some rather dramatic time jumps, leaving large holes between the plots. I am not sure exactly what the author meant to achieve, because I do feel it would have not lost much had it spanned less than its 40 years. Also, the author relies rather on the power of coincidence to bring the plot to a smooth and somewhat corny finish.

Enjoyable and definitely a good sturdy plotline, but lacks a little in its performance.
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