"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Friday, May 06, 2011

The Story of Beautiful Girl


I blame Rachel Simon. I blame her for the bags under my eyes and the toothpicks holding up my eyelids. And, it's all because of this book, The Story of Beautiful Girl. 3 nights this week it's had me just one more paging myself into a 2:30 am bedtime. Y'all, I have to tell you about this book. Editorial reviews describe this book as an enthralling or unlikely love story but it is so much more. In fact, by calling this book a love story, I think the editors do it a disservice and turn away a bunch of possible (read younger males) readers. Sure, The Story of Beautiful Girl tells the story of Lynnie and Homan, two people in love who tried to run away from the Pennsylvania State School for the Incurable and Feebleminded. But, their love story isn't what drives the book. The reader recognizes that despite Lynnie's and Homan's disabilities they have the same human needs and desires that each of us do. Yes, they need freedom, respect, beauty, shelter, education, and even love. With this recognition of a very basic kinship with Lynnie and Homan, the reader begins to care about these characters whose surfaces seem so different from us. Ms. Simon's ability to create characters that we identify with and care about allows her to enthrall her readers with a decades spanning story that at times horrifies with it's unflinching look at the mistreatment of the disabled. But, The Story of Beautiful Girl does not only horrify. It also delights and thrills the reader as you watch Lynnie and Homan grown and learn and become fully realized members of the big, wide world we all live in.The Story of Beautiful Girl  is a rare gem of a book and is well worth having in your library. Do yourself a huge favor and pick up a copy as soon as you can.


* The Story of Beautiful Girl is available in available in hardback, audiobook, Kindle, and Nook editions.
** The author kindly provided me with a copy of her book in return for my promise to write an honest review. All opinions expressed above are completely my own.

4 comments:

St Elsewhere said...

The plot is so touching and beautiful. Thanks for sharing the review.

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Delenn said...

I will have to put this on my reading list!

Lynn said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book if I can find it anywhere! Neither the library in the town we live in, nor the one in the town I work in has it and neither Walmart has it either. I'll have to see if I can locate it at Barnes & Noble next time we're in Savannah or order it from Amazon.