Sunday, October 11, 2015

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman

Girlchild
by Tupelo Hassman
2012
*
1 star - not enough forward motion in the story


Girlchild is a first person narrative of a child growing up in poverty. She's being raised by a single mother who had her first child in her teens and is the daughter of a woman who was also a teen mom. They live in Nevada in a trailer. The narrator, Rory, experiences molestation at the hands of a neighbor when she is quite young. 

The story is told in fits and starts through memories of a child. For that, the narrative is well done in that it echos the vignettes that form one's childhood memories. What caused me to set the book aside without finishing is that ultimately it just didn't go anywhere. It seemed to spin around and around on the same topics endlessly with no forward motion.

Another recommended book that was a disappointment. 

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