Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Story of Beautiful Girl

The Story of Beautiful Girl
by Rachel Simon
Grand Central Publishing, 2011. 346 pgs. Fiction

One stormy night in 1968, retired school teacher Martha Zimmer opens her door to find two mysterious strangers on her porch. Lynnie is developmentally disabled and Homan is deaf, and they have escaped from the nearby Pennsylvania State School for the Incurable and Feebleminded. A few hours later the authorities catch up to the pair; Homan escapes into the woods, Lynnie is taken back to the institution, and Martha is left with the newborn baby that the two hid in her attic. The book then chronicles the next forty years in the lives of the characters as they try to find their way back to each other while the world changes around them.

This book is beautifully written and it provides an insightful window into the inner lives of the disabled. I thought the author did a good job switching points of view between the various characters, although I wanted to read more about baby Julia and her life with Martha. I thought the ending was a bit too neat and some of the characters a bit too starkly bad or good, but generally I enjoyed this book.


1 comment:

Netherland said...

This was an extemly good read in my opinion. I couldnt put it down. This book touched my heart, soul and mind. I would recomend for everyone to read this. I have only found one other book that has touched me like this. The author made u care about the characters and made you feel thier loss, happiness and frustrations. The money for this book was well spent, i would have even been willing to pay more and would not have benn dissapointed in the least.