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The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
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Dec 26, 2011

really liked it
Read in December, 2011

In the late 1960’s a beautiful young developmental disabled woman is raped by one of the attendants in a musty closet of the Pennsylvania Residence for Gifted Children and Adults. This woman’s name is Lynnie, she is 22 years old and has spent the past 10 years living at “The School”.

Lynnie befriends a deaf African American man also a resident at “The School”, and they plot their escape. Lynnie is pregnant as a result of the rape and she has seen the horrors of babies who live at “The School”.

The baby girl is born while they are running, exhausted and frightened; they knock on the door of a retired school teacher. Martha has years of experience working with children and immediately understands that Lynnie and the man are not highly functioning adults. She takes them in, gives them dinner and dry clothing. Unfortunately, the administration from “The School” arrives to take Lynnie and the man back to “The School”. Before she leaves, she whispers in Martha’s ear-“Hide her”.

The man escapes through the back door and into the woods and is never found. Lynnie returns to the school in a straightjacket where she lives for twelve more years. Martha and the baby successfully evade all who are searching for them. I won’t tell you anymore, because reading this odyssey is a sad and hopeful journey.

There is only one piece of this story that seems contrived to me, the manner in which Lynnie’s daughter discovers her background. It is very late in the story and I felt it was not a well developed as it should have been. Otherwise, this story will keep you engrossed.

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