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message 1: by Britte (last edited Jul 22, 2010 09:11AM) (new)

Britte | 1 comments published around 2000 this book is about a teenage girl who runs away to find her favorite off beat comic strip artist who turns out to be a dwarf (little person) who lives in the woods. the runaway falls in love with the comic strip writers older brother.

message 2: by Joann (new)

Joann Are you thinking of Visible Amazement?

message 3: by HeavyReader (new)

HeavyReader | 450 comments Was there a little person in Visible Amazement? I don't remember that. I read the book several years ago, but a little person seems like something I would remember or at least write about in my review.

message 4: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 39593 comments Mod
It sure sounds like Visible Amazement.

After she and her beautiful, free-spirited single mother fall for the same man, Roanne Chappell, the feisty 14-year-old narrator of Garnett's exhilarating debut novel, realizes that she needs to leave home for the summer to gain a little breathing space. Heading south from Yachats, Ore., to California, she stops to visit famous cartoonist D.D.A., a kind, gay French-Canadian dwarf she looks to as a mentor. This first destination is unusual enough, but Roanne's travels take her to increasingly strange places, from the surreal home of her troubled friend Gabe, the son of two washed-up western stars-turned-evangelists, to beautiful, cold Malibu Colony, home of the cartoonist's gigantic and brooding brother Pascal, a talented photographer, and Gilbey Tarr, a gorgeous, openhearted, alcoholic 16-year-old nouveau riche heiress soon to become Roanne's best friend. Roanne's hunger-- her sheer adolescent greed--for life and love and connection and experience bring her some wonderful memories and relationships, but also a share of grown-up pain. Some readers may be taken aback by the frank discussion of her precocious relationships with a number of older men and her over-the-top adventures, but her character's sheer energy and intelligence make a little open-mindedness and suspension of disbelief worthwhile. The novel is told in the first person, in Roanne's own dialect, a wonderful combination of Canadian vernacular and resonant polysyllabics. At the close of this cunningly styled tale, a series of tragic happenings leaves Garnett's charming heroine--and the reader--with the bittersweet taste of life lessons honestly learned.

message 5: by Ann aka Iftcan (new)

Ann aka Iftcan (iftcan) | 6967 comments Mod
Ok, OP hasn't done anything since posting this and isn't accepting PMs. So I'm moving this down to Possibly Solved

message 6: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart | 19589 comments Visible Amazement for the trackable link.

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