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Girlchild
Girlchild: A Novel | Tupelo Hassman
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Rory Hendrix is the least likely of Girl Scouts. She hasn't got a troop or even a badge to call her own. But she's checked the Handbook out from the elementary school library so many times that her name fills all the lines on the card, and she pores over its surreal advice (Uniforms, disposing of outgrown; The Right Use of Your Body; Finding Your Way When Lost) for tips to get off the Calle: that is, the Calle de las Flores, the Reno trailer park where she lives with her mother, Jo, the sweet-faced, hard-luck bartender at the Truck Stop. Rory's been told that she is one of the "third-generation bastards surely on the road to whoredom." But she's determined to prove the county and her own family wrong. Brash, sassy, vulnerable, wise, and terrified, she struggles with her mother's habit of trusting the wrong men, and the mixed blessing of being too smart for her own good. From diary entries, social workers' reports, half-recalled memories, arrest records, family lore, Supreme Court opinions, and her grandmother's letters, Rory crafts a devastating collage that shows us her world even as she searches for the way out of it. Tupelo Hassman's Girlchild is a heart-stopping and original debut.
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Skyrimir
Girlchild: A Novel | Tupelo Hassman
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Next! I haven‘t had a reading marathon day in forever! Book 3!

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Jenken1998
Girlchild: A Novel | Tupelo Hassman
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I liked it. Gritty and somewhat difficult to read. Not only some of the subject matter but also the disjointed diary style of writing. as someone who has worked in child protective services there are a lot of truths in this book. Generations of poverty, victims, system breakdown. Hassman got it right.

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Jenken1998
Girlchild: A Novel | Tupelo Hassman
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Library run 🏃 📚 . The Time Traveler's Wife and The Help have been on my TBR list forever.

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AWahle
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As a Girl Scout mother, I was drawn in by the cover, “Rory Hendrix is the least likely of Girl Scouts. She hasn't got a troop or even a badge to call her own.” Heart wrenching & difficult to read at times. The language & complexity grows as Rory does. She reads the GS Handbook for tips on how to get out of the Reno trailer park where she lives with her mother. The advice is surreal when juxtaposed against the harsh realities of her life.

azulaco I want to read this, but I'm afraid it will break my heart. It does sound hard to read. 3y
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Well-ReadNeck
Girlchild: A Novel | Tupelo Hassman
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#RecommendsDay This is the story of a child raised in a trailer park in Reno. Which was all I needed to know to pick up this book. Hassman's writing is fabulous. There are some amazing scenes in this book.

tapgurl Why Reno? I live in Reno:) 3y
StacksNShelves My in-laws live in Reno, so I have to go up there a lot. Thanks for peeking my interest in reading this! Have you read "Lamb", btw? I heard people who read THAT would enjoy this book too. 3y
Titania Sounds like a must read to me as well. 3y
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AWahle I enjoyed this book. Maybe I'll copy my Goodreads review over here. 3y
Well-ReadNeck @tapgurl I was on a little Reno bender when I read this book. I grew up in a very small town in the mountains. I think the dry, dusty flatness of Nevada is fascinating. So many good books about Reno. 3y
SoniaC Thought this was a really well done. Book. 3y
tapgurl What other books are about Reno? I'm very curious! 3y
Ckbadara I read and enjoyed this book a few years back, I've never seen or heard anyone else mention it before now! 3y
Wife Have to stack it not only because it sounds good, but because the author's name is Tupelo. How cool is that?😎 3y
Well-ReadNeck @tapgurl Gamblers Quartet is one I remember off the top of my head. Loved that one, too. Amazingly well constructed writing. 3y
tapgurl Thank you! I will certainly check that one out! 3y
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Dogearedcopy
Girlchild: A Novel | Tupelo Hassman
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When in Santa Cruz, CA... Head to Book Shop Santa Cruz! The first time of the many times I have been there, was to attend #BooktopiaCA at which Tupelo Hassmam talked about the blacked out section of the book, 'Girlchild'. There *are* words underneath, but TH isn't ready to share them; but you should know they do exist! The bookstore itself is vibrant w/energy, and full of new & used books to discover #getindie

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Tammygrrrl
Girlchild: A Novel | Tupelo Hassman
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My #funfridayphoto is of Rory Hemdrix from Girlchild. She's born into ruin and finds her way out. Rory's been told she is one of the "third-generation bastards surely on the road to whoredom." I can relate. This book was so good it inspired me to write a poem based on it. If anyone wants to read it, let me know!

Mayread Post it! 3y
Tammygrrrl @Skiles I think it's too long. There's a character limit isn't there? :( 3y
Mayread @Tammygrrrl Screenshot it in columns? 3y
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