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Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
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Jun 28, 12

bookshelves: 2012
Read from June 11 to 28, 2012

This is why I love reading so much; this book is like nothing I've ever read before and it took me to a place I've never been.

"My name is Rory Dawn Hendrix, feebleminded daughter of a feebleminded daughter, herself the product of feebleminded stock. Welcome to the Calle."

Rory Dawn comes from a liniage of bad news - both her mother and grandmother were teenage moms, sexually abused, alocholics, gamblers, smokers, and most importanly they have been stuck in Calle de las Flores - the trailer park. While it is clear that history seems to repeat itself, Rory's Grandma instills these expecations into Rory - "Someone’s got to make it and it has to be you.” Does she?

The writing style of Tupelo Hassman is unique - maybe not for everyone - very short chapters (sometimes in the form of a letter or social worker's report) at times poor grammar and very choppy. However in the end, it creates such a tragic, beautiful and original story. I loved it from the beginning.

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Tupelo Hassman
“I may not have been born captain of this boat, but I was born to rock it.”
Tupelo Hassman, Girlchild

Tupelo Hassman
“But once in a while one loses his heart and once I think I did too, but never Mama. Her heart stays right in place and it's wham-bam-don't-give-a-damn every single time. Whatever she's got, that thing that can say good-bye like good-byes don't mean anything, I didn't get that. And the glass unicorn with the shiny gold horn and hooves that sits by my bed proves it, proves that I can't let go of things like Mama can.”
Tupelo Hassman, Girlchild

Reading Progress

06/11/2012 page 55
06/19/2012 page 158
57.0% "This book is breaking my heart"
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