Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Story of Beautiful Girl...Review
And so begins the 40-year epic journey of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia--lives divided by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, yet drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love.
Locked away in an institution, circumstances arise that force Lynnie and Homan to attempt escape. They find themselves seeking shelter at Martha's farmhouse and when she opens the door to them, Martha has no idea the future that awaits her or how her life will forever be connected to theirs.
The story moves between characters over the course of 40 years. Admittedly, I found Homan's viewpoint hard to follow at times because of his deafness but, at the same time, I was enthralled with his perspective and how he related to people and situations. I loved these characters, especially Lynnie and Kate and their relationship. As the story progresses and we see where time and experience take everyone, I didn't want to put the book down. I will admit to both liking and disliking the ending though.
Rachel Simon did a fantastic job in her setting and in her treatment of these people who might be delayed, but by no means were unintelligent. Homan, especially, was a wonderful character: a man who was simply hearing impaired and who communicated with a form of sign language not understood by others, ended up in an institution. I don't begin to understand the psychology and reasoning behind these institutions and schools, although I can see why people would be afraid of those with disabilities. Even with our enlightened understanding of disabilities today, there are still misconceptions and judgments. In her writing, the author showed us both the good and bad in humanity and the difference that perseverance, love and a sprinkling of charity can make in a person's life.
I loved the author's note and acknowledgments at the end of the book where she explains why she wrote the book and her personal connection to it. This is a captivating story and I one I wholly enjoyed.
Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow. You can purchase your own copy here.
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