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- ISBN: 0374162573 (alk. paper)
- ISBN: 9780374162573 (alk. paper)
- ISBN: 9780374162573
- ISBN: 0374162573
- Physical Description: 275 pages ; 22 cm
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
"Designed by Abby Kagan"--Title page verso.
Obsessively following the edicts of the Girl Scouts Handbook in spite of her lack of a troop, young Rory longs to escape the Reno trailer park where she lives with her bartender mother.
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Library Journal Review
Girlchild : A Novel
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Hassman's debut is a brutally realistic portrait of trailer park America. Growing up with her bartender single mother and Grandma in Calle de los Flores, outside of Reno, NV, Rory Dawn Hendrix scours her copy of the Girl Scout Handbook-checked out many times from the school library-in efforts to break out of the mold of poverty and sexual abuse that has been fashioned for her. By sharing her opinions of Handbook entries, found letters and social worker reports, family memories and haunting, half-remembered atrocities, Rory puts together a scrapbook of the Calle that also records her escape. Verdict This is a gorgeous first novel, as humorous as it is heartbreaking. Some will see similarities between Hassman and National Book Award recipient Jaimy Gordon (Lord of Misrule), and fans of coming-of-age novels will fall in love with Rory's story.-Mara Dabrishus, Ursuline Coll. Lib., Pepper Pike, OH (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Girlchild : A Novel
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In this inventive, exciting debut, Hassman writes a 1980s Reno trailer park into a neon, breathing world. Reno is just like Tahoe, only without anything beautiful. Narrator Rory Dawn, whose mother, simultaneously tripping on acid and giving birth, gave her a name that sounds like a screaming sunrise and calls her girlchild for short, is a grade-schooler when we meet her. Like the 1972 Nobility double-wide she lives in, trailer-park anthropologist Rory's own foundation is lacking, at best. She inventories her mother's alcoholism and mental illness with heartbreaking, childish normalcy. The abuse she suffers at the hands of her inept babysitters turns her into an introverted bookworm who wins spelling bees (until she worries her smarts will alienate her beloved mother) and finds solace in the library. Rory's name fills the circulation card of her school's Girl Scout Handbook, and she earns proficiency badges as a troop of one. Hassman's creatively titled, short, free-form chapters are helium-filled imagination fodder, and Hassman takes what could be trite or unbelievable in less talented hands and makes it entirely the opposite.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2010 Booklist
Publishers Weekly Review
Girlchild : A Novel
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Blighted opportunity and bad choices revisit three generations of women in a Reno, Nev., trailer park in these affecting dispatches by debut novelist Hassman. Narrator Rory Dawn Hendrix, "R.D.," is growing up in the late '60s on the dusty calle, where families scrape by on low-paying jobs and government assistance, everything is broken down, violence barely suppressed, babysitting shared, and "uncle" is more often than not a euphemism for child molester. "Smokey, Barney, Johnny Law, Pig, uncles with their badges, with their belt buckles, say, 'Hey Sugar, Toots, Sweet Thing, is your mama home?' hand already through the already ripped screen door, finger on the latch." Teenage pregnancies dogged both R.D.'s capricious mother, Jo, a waitress with four grown sons, and grandmother Shirley Rose, an inveterate gambler employed at the keno ticket counter who couldn't keep R.D.'s grandfather from sexually abusing R.D. and her sisters, and told R.D. to "keep her legs closed if she wanted to keep her future open." As bad as it is, there's some hope that this girl, with her early aptitude at spelling, will escape the stigma of being "feebleminded." Poring over a secondhand copy of The Girl Scout Handbook, with its how-to emphasis on honor and duty, comforts R.D., especially when babysat by Carol, a brutalized neighbor girl, who leaves R.D. alone with her predatory father, "the Hardware Man." Hassman's characters are hounded by a relentless, recurring poverty and ignorance, and by shame, so that the sins of the mothers keep repeating, and suicide is often the only way out. Despite a few jarring moments of moralizing, this debut possesses powerful writing and unflinching clarity. Agent: Bill Clegg, WME Entertainment. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.