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Girlchild

by Tupelo Hassman

On a trailer park in Reno, schoolgirl Rory Dawn Hendrix comes of age over the course of a ten year period. Her upbringing is fraught with heartache and fear. I felt immense sympathy for Rory Dawn and was shocked by the distressing experiences of her formative years. Yet in the closing pages I was left with the impression that she’d be alright in the end and was happy that her fortunes were at last beginning to change.

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The only way to get free, of our families - of this place - is to tear our very selves apart, to say good-bye and go on alone, so we hang here and wait for the County to send someone out to clean us up.

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
 

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