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Girlchild A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice Rory Hendrix the least likely of Girl Scouts hasn t got a troop or a badge to call her own But she still borrows the Handbook from the elementary school l

  • Title: Girlchild
  • Author: Tupelo Hassman
  • ISBN: 9781250024060
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice Rory Hendrix, the least likely of Girl Scouts, hasn t got a troop or a badge to call her own But she still borrows the Handbook from the elementary school library to pore over its advice, looking for tips to get off the Calle the Reno trailer park where she lives with her mother, Jo, the sweet faced, hard luck bartender at theA New York Times Book Review Editors Choice Rory Hendrix, the least likely of Girl Scouts, hasn t got a troop or a badge to call her own But she still borrows the Handbook from the elementary school library to pore over its advice, looking for tips to get off the Calle 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 she is one of the third generation bastards surely on the road to whoredom, and she s determined to break the cycle As Rory struggles with her mother s habit of trusting the wrong men, and the mixed blessing of being too smart for her own good, she finds refuge in books and language From diary entries, social workers reports, story problems, arrest records, family lore, and her grandmother s letters, Tupelo Hassman s Girlchild crafts a devastating collage that shows us Rory s world while she searches for the way out of it.

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    1. Reading Corner on said:

      I'm still kinda unsure what to rate this but I'll just give it four stars for now.I think the story and the message is good and the author successfully managed to capture the gritty reality of certain areas in America or the lives of certain individuals.However, despite the grittiness Hassman still managed to reveal the beauty behind this reality and how hard these people work to better their environment and make something better for themselves.Also,I liked how the stereotype of people in traile [...]

    2. Natalie on said:

      I kept telling everyone I liked this book. And, then I realized that it took me over two months to read it--which it certainly shouldn't have, given its relatively unassuming length and short chapters. I think that I wanted to like this book-- I ALMOST liked this book. The prose-poem style made it an interesting read, but I think that sometimes that same style also got in the way. The protagonist is likable enough, and the world that Hassman has created is believable. You can see the Calle in to [...]

    3. Blair on said:

      So I read the blurb for Girlchild - the one that says Tupelo Hassman's debut 'crafts a devastating collage' of her protagonist's world - but I didn't expect the book to literally feel like a collage of only loosely interconnected scenes, which is essentially what it is. The narrative flips back and forth through time as it recounts the life of Rory Dawn Hendrix and her working-class family, stuck in a trailer park on the outskirts of Reno. Touching on the cycle of abuse and failure the character [...]

    4. trovateOrtensia on said:

      A fine lettura mi sento come se mi avessero shakerato il cuore in un negroni.Per Rory, per sua madre, per sua nonna, e per tutte le donne che resistono:youtube/watch?v=TzVN7

    5. Lilac Wolf on said:

      From Lilac Wolf and StuffThe cover caught my eye. A trailer that looks like it would feel at home in my trailer park but set in the desserts of Nevada.I started reading and it knocked me over to read a story that followed my own childhood eerily close. It didn't hide how common child sexual abuse is, but it didn't go into painful detail either. I think it was the perfect balance on such a difficult topic for so many (too many) women.This story is not an easy read. It deals with those living in p [...]

    6. Molly Garner on said:

      I bought this book based on Fresh Air's book critic Maureen Corrigan's glowing review. Today, the book made her top 10 list of 2012. Let me say two things: 1) I have not finished the book and, 2) I do not like this book. I continued to hope it would get better, but my hope lagged as the book became more and more focused on the severe sexual abuse of the protagonist. If I want to read a redacted copy of severe childhood abuse I'll pick up a police report. I could not understand the point of this [...]

    7. Kelly on said:

      The disjointed narrative, made up of flashbacks, legal documents, court proceedings, and bits of the present, didn't work for me in this book because it never allowed Rory to have a voice. And while the fact she doesn't have a voice makes sense in the story, I couldn't connect with her for a long time and couldn't put together the pieces of why she was so broken, hurt, and silenced. I found the Girl Scout story line thinly developed until the end when it suddenly had a lot more page time.That sa [...]

    8. Uwe Hook on said:

      Girlchild is a novel that is unlike almost anything else I've ever read. It is like opening the pages of a young girl's diary and finding the most beautiful poetry. It's funny, tragic, hopeful, devastatingly sad, naive and wise and ultimately glorious. Rory Hendrix lives in poverty with her single mother in a single wide trailer in the desert of Nevada. She has everything working against her but she always seems to find the good in life anyway. Her story will pull you in and make you want to kno [...]

    9. Doret on said:

      Rory lives at The Calle de los Flores, a Reno Trailer park with her mother. While Rory knows what people think of her family and her future options or lack there of, she still dreams. For Rory part of that dream is being a girl scout. She's read the Handbook guide backwords and forwards since elementary. Girlchild follows Rory through her adolescent years. Hassman's writing and Rory captured my heart. There's a beauty and honesty to both that I loved. Hassman's style has a beauitful rhythmic fre [...]

    10. Kara on said:

      True story: my first job out of college was working as a juvenile probation officer. One of my clients was 13 years old. She lived in a trailer park. She was molested by several of the men there. She had three older brothers. During the year that I knew her, her mother died, one of her brothers was also placed on probation, and another brother was assigned to a long-term stay at a regional youth detention center. When I visited her in her trailer, roaches -- of all sizes -- would climb my clothe [...]

    11. soulAdmitted on said:

      Data la lunghezza di 2 lati qualsiasi di un triangolo rettangolo, è possibile ricavare la lunghezza del terzo. A, B e C sono i vertici di un triangolo rettangolo, con B che designa l'angolo retto. L'altezza da B ad A è pari all'ombra di un uomo e si ha così un nuovo triangolo. Se le gambe del nuovo triangolo misurano rispettivamente 30 e 21 cm e l'altezza di una bambina è la metà di quella dell'ombra dell'uomo a mezzogiorno, si utilizzi il teorema di Pitagora per rispondere alla seguente do [...]

    12. Mari on said:

      "Girlchild" is about Rory Dawn, the self-proclaimed "feebleminded daughter of a feebleminded daughter," and yet the first word I'm filled with when thinking of how to describe this book is "smart."And there is so much more: heartbreaking and honest, fearless and unique, well-written and interesting, unflinching and real. I'll say two things here: 1.) I have a feeling that this book, and more Hassman's style is not for everyone and 2.) the first 1/4 of the book takes patience, mostly due to that [...]

    13. Lynetta on said:

      I have always admired Margaret Sanger and felt abortion should be available to any woman who wants to make that choice.Tupelo Hassman's novel with the heartbreaking character Rory Hendrix should be required reading for those who oppose women's rights. Obviously her mother in the novel, Jo, didn't make that choice with Rory or the other four brothers that departed as soon as possible. Jo is an alcoholic smoker, a bartender, and seemingly has no end of men friends over. They live in the Calle de l [...]

    14. Alena on said:

      4 1/2 stars. *Please note that this review contains some profanity, all contained within quotes from the book.Raw.To love Girlchild as much as I did, you have to be willing to understand “raw.” Several times while I was reading this book, my husband looked at my face and asked me what was wrong. (I was alternating between tears brimming over and horror leaving my mouth agape.)Rory Dawn suffers neglect, mistreatment and abuse at the hands of those trusted to care for her. Growing up in a Neva [...]

    15. Judy King on said:

      I've given this book 5 stars, but I can't honestly say I LIKED it. I'm very glad I read it. The characters will stay with me a very long time, but this was a very difficult story to read. I came to love the little girl who was struggling so hard to end up normal in spite of her upbringing and life and background. while She declares herself the feeble minded daughter of a feeble minded daughter of a feeble minded family, this is a very bright and astute little girl. She manages to carve her own w [...]

    16. Caitlin on said:

      I sat in my bed at 2:30 AM sobbing because while this book has that smart, determined and extremely damaged girl that turns up in nearly every novel discussing mother-daughter relationships and unstable childhoods, Hassman has that fiery wit that makes your belly and soul ache when she tells another joke about the bathroom stall lock or feeble-minded families with a grimace. The nonlinear narrative also helps add to the confusion and longing enmeshed in the novel. Incredibly memorable with lines [...]

    17. Alan on said:

      3.5 stars. An excellent, skilful and compassionate read full of love for its trailer park characters who live just north of Reno and just south of nowhere. Where the men hunt and trap everything from birds to stray hubcaps to small girls, using slingshots, shotguns, and the rustle of candy wrappers.Hassman uses all kinds of types of writing from Social Services reports on the family, revised pages from the Girl Scout Handbook (the main character is in a troop of one), school exercises (a reading [...]

    18. Amy on said:

      This book was decent until midway through, and then it just fell apart. I cannot even guess what the purpose of the break from the storyline in the middle of the book was about. It was miserable to get through the rest of it, even if it did come together in the end. It did remind me a little of Lullabies for Little Criminals, which I loved. Then it just got way, way out there. I do not recommend.

    19. jess on said:

      I hold onto my Handbook because nothing else makes promises like that around here, promises with these words burning inside them: honor, duty and try. Try and duty I hear all the time, as in "try to get some sleep," and "get me some duty-free cigarettes from the Indian store," while honor's reserved solely for the Honorable Joseph A. on The People's Court, as in, "Your Honor, I was just trying to get my wallet out for the duty-free cigs when my gun went off," but these words never ever show thei [...]

    20. Amy on said:

      Most narrators that steal reader’s hearts don’t come from trailer parks, but Rory Dawn, or RD, Hendrix of the Calle de las Flores trailer park on the outskirts of Reno, is a character that is to damaged and yet beautiful to be forgotten. Tupelo Hassman’s debut novel Girlchild is a true work of art. While it deals with the more undesirable elements of society, and yes, there are many passages that are difficult to read, it is also a piercing look into the bonds of love between a mother and [...]

    21. Ecaterina Burton on said:

      Picked it up, thinking it was a young adult book, but discovered it was more than that. Surprising themes on worth and the cultural ramifications of court rulings on feeble-mindedness and eugenics---there are very few times where I see a piece of fiction subtly and artfully unravel these issues in ways more profound than reams of policy analysis. Prose was lyrical, and didn't always match the age of the narrator, Rory, the main character whose life we see through her eyes between 5 and 15. Growi [...]

    22. Tracie on said:

      Probably more like 3.5 stars; there were parts that I absolutely loved, but parts that floundered a bit. (The fake math/logic problems didn't do it for me; I've seen that trick done before to much better effect.) The publishers description really does this no justice. It's in almost no way about Girlscouts, aside from some vague metaphors. This book has a lot more in common with House on Mango Street, or even Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven than the jacket would have you believe. It's [...]

    23. Rene on said:

      "Red Necks" "Trailer Trash" "White Trash" "feebleminded" "low class"Hassman's debut novel is an unflinching look at an underclass of undesirables that society prefers to think about only when making them the fodder of jokes and bad television sit-coms.Through prose that is engaging and direct, Hassman lays bare the inner mind of a young girl Rory, growing up trying to make sense of her own dignity and self-worth in a place that society has deemed worthless and hopeless. Hassman has the ability t [...]

    24. Leslie on said:

      When I’d first heard of Girlchild, I left with the impression that it would be a story set in a harsh landscape with a resilient and quirky young protagonist—ala Susan Patron’s Lucky or Kate DiCamillo’s India Opal. But this is no children’s book. I should have read to the end of this Maureen Corrigan NPR review beforehand where it notes: “Rory endures sexual abuse, the death of loved ones, and everyday invisibility — all without playing for our sympathy.” The sexual abuse she end [...]

    25. T. Greenwood on said:

      4 1/2 stars. The wonderful thing about first time novelists is their fearlessness. This book is wonderfully brave: not because of its subject matter (which is dark -- poverty, molestation, etc) but because of the way in which this subject matter is revealed to the reader. The structure of this novel was just as compelling as the story, and the two together were gently explosive. (I actually think that this book does exactly what A Visit from the Goon Squad tried to do, but better.)In this novel, [...]

    26. C on said:

      'Girlchild' is the story of what it means to a little girl when men find boredom in a trailer park near Reno, when all that they can see is the desert. This is told from the point of view of Rory Dawn Hendrix (from her name I envisioned her parents as a Gilmore Girl and a rock star.) Most of the chapters are less than three pages, and some of the story is told through social service reports or pages of a Girl Scout handbook. I was a bit wary when I heard the story was about abuse. It is certainl [...]

    27. Monica on said:

      I decided I liked the style more than the substance on this book. The story of Rory Dawn Hendrix is told through her own voice, court documents, social worker reports, imaginary, impossible multiple choice questions and through the influence of the Girl Scout Handbook. Her actual story is a little cryptic, but it is sad, with some signs of hope for the future. I read some of the review blurbs on the dust jacket and I am surprised that some reviewers found it comical. I would say ironic and sarca [...]

    28. Peter Riva on said:

      I was going to write a review, but my mother's review was so much more intelligent here it is:I began the new book I found "Girlchild"and had to stop because it is so superb and not having anyone to share it with too frustrating.What Vonnegut began,that totally modern “thinking out loud writing” that now seems to have taken hold in so much work and I believe will become the defining style of the 21st century,possibly due to the absorption of Facebook,Youtube and such and those innovating pub [...]

    29. Sigrid Bishop on said:

      Authentically-told story of a resilient "girlchild" who lives at the unfortunate confluence of multiple disadvantages that have afflicted her family for generations: poverty, parental neglect, sexual abuse, and the general lack of a healthy environment for children. The girlchild, Rory D takes everything in stride as being just the matter-of-fact stuff of her life -- a narrative stance that rings true for children in even the most dire circumstances. I was disappointed that near the end of the b [...]

    30. Riya on said:

      3.5 out of 5Spoilers ahead, don't say I didn't warn you:What I liked about this book was the author writing about real-life issues such as sexual abuse and how rampant it is, poverty, substance abuse, and alcoholism. I liked the book for the most part. I thought it was fairly good, but I didn't like that it left me feeling depressed in the end, instead of hopeful for the main character. I think the ending was supposed to be uplifting because Rory finally gets to leave Calle street, but I really [...]

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