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Beautiful to the Bone

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Who can survive the siren call of beauty?

When four-year old Eunis Kindsvatter leaves her Minnesota farmhouse for the very first time, it’s because her mother drags her to a doctor . . .with the hope he’ll absolve her for Eunis’ face. It’s albino with a grotesque birthmark. “An unnaturally ugly thing,” according to Momma. Though the doctor finds nothing physically wrong, E
Paperback, 428 pages
Published May 27th 2016 by Woodsmoke Publishing
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Babus Ahmed
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eunice is born albino and has a birthmark on her face. Since as early as she can remember her appearance has caused her mother, siblings and virtually all who see her to recoil in disgust and fear. Device's experiences scar her and lead her to try to quantify beauty, to understand why someone is attractive. Her question takes her from the American Mid-West to New York taking jobs that no one would particularly want to do. But the road to find answers is treacherous and full of heartache, especia ...more
Teresa Pugh
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Is there a mathematical calculation for beauty? Is there a perfect genetic code that creates a beautiful individual? Eunis' quest for an answer is prompted by her albinism and a large, grotesque birthmark that overpowers her face. How far is she willing to go to satisfy her curiosity? Do people see her as a human being or just someone to add to their collection of rejects. On her journey, an entirely different world is exposed, treacherous encounters come her way, secrets are revealed, and, yet, ...more
Amanda Brown
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This is a hauntingly dark, sometimes erotic, mystery that unfolds as Eunis Kindsvatter, an isolated, grotesque-looking young woman, struggles with the myth of beauty in an attempt to accept herself. I loved the journey because while Eunis tapped into my compassion, she’s also a damaged, unreliable narrator, drawing me in slowly - page by page - as the best psychological suspense stories do. Beautiful to the Bone moves quickly with plot turns you won't see coming, and offers intriguing insights o ...more
An intriguing story about Eunis' struggle for self-acceptance, confidence and self-love amidst feelings of rejection and inadequacy brought on by her disfigured face and her mother's verbal abuse, and her mother's tales of fearful gods, demons and prophecy.

Undeterred, Eunis dives into life and a society preoccupied with beauty, only to find mysteries she could never have imagined. Her obsessive research into beauty draws her into a world of unreliable voices, unforeseen pleasures, dangers and de
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The plot is quite different to anything I’ve read before and I was never sure where the story would lead me. The character of Eunis is deeply and richly drawn and I felt the pain of her need to pursue an objective understanding of beauty. The book is beautifully written with evocative language and genuine empathy for the characters. It was thought provoking and its exploration of beauty, and what it is, made me reflect on my own notions of beauty and the tendency I (a ...more
Jeanne Longfields
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful to the Bone by PG Lengsfelder is an outstanding novel, full of drama, magic and suspense. I was intrigued by the title, picked it up and then was hardly able to put it down. It is the story of a young girl who grows into herself through pain, struggle and her quest for the qualities that define beauty. The writing is superb, the character development strong, and the plot intriguing, twisted, well-paced. For anyone wanting a novel that is crisp, educational and entertaining, I recommend ...more
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was simply beautiful. I am unsure what genre to describe it as, there's a mystery, science, mythology, fantasy, and a coming of age family tale. It's luscious and a BIG book.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book and at one point could not put it down. The writing is a bit jilted, like the personality of Eunis - a complex character that is on a mission to find the exact calculations for beauty. Her struggles start from her childhood and being shunned for her looks. Eunis is a woman who loses more in life than she gains yes she battles for answers, struggles for acceptance and for understanding of love, beauty and herself. Her journey is a highly unusual one and the writer takes y ...more
Eunis is an albino with mermaid tendencies. She grew up without a father, with a mother who despises her, and siblings who fear her. Because of her condition, Eunis is obsessed with the idea of beauty and spends her life exploring the science behind the genetics of beauty and our interpretation of facial features. Eunis should be a likable character. She should, but she's not. Maybe it's because of the writing, but I just could not connect to Eunis or get into the book. After a hundred pages, I ...more
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm still not sure what to think of this book. I didn't catch the intertextual references, or even if the author was making meaningful connections between this book and the works of Charles Dickens. The story seems to have a hard time finding its point.
Overall, this book really did not capture my imagination as I might have hoped. The science sections were interesting, but Eunis is a difficult character to connect with - which is, I suppose, the author's intention.
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PG Lengsfelder wrote and edited his first newspaper at age 7, a time when he thought he was destined to be a fireman or a forest ranger. But when sales of his paper reached a heady circulation of 10 (at 5 cents a copy!) he was hooked: he had readers. He’s been writing ever since.

He co-authored the best-selling nonfiction book FILTHY RICH (Ten Speed Press). His acclaimed first novel BEAUTIFUL TO TH

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