Beautiful Girls by Beth Ann Bauman

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Beautiful Girls is a dazzling debut collection about the secret lives of girls and women. The characters who inhabit Beth Ann Bauman’s stories are the timid, the not-quite-fabulous, the public school Ophelias, who yearn for something grander than their current lot. Told with irresistible humor and remarkable grace, these stories illuminate the search for love, friendship, connection, and identity.

In "True," an exquisitely shy teenage girl tries to fathom the hidden secrets of beauty from a boy who’s "the prettiest person in the entire school." A lonely divorcée in "Safeway," wanders the darkened aisles of a grocery store during a power outage, and becomes "certain a touch of rot had taken root in her heart...and that she still might live better." In "Wash, Rinse, Spin", a hapless young woman loses her laundry and must resort to the decrepit wardrobe she wore while working in B movies, as her dying father fades in her hometown. And in the title story, voracious girls who long for love and admiration compete in a town pageant.

From the fierce bonds among sisters, to the discoveries of a girl who roams her neighborhood in the wee hours of the morning, to the allure of a tropical paradise where anything feels possible, Beautiful Girls explores what it means to be a woman in the modern world, looking for a place to call home.

At once magical, tender, and wise, this book establishes Beth Ann Bauman as a bold new literary voice.


About Beth Ann Bauman

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About the Author: Beth Ann Bauman holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arizona, and her short stories have appeared in several literary journals. She lives in New York City. Beautiful Girls is her first book.
Published March 1, 2003 by MacAdam/Cage. 186 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Romance. Fiction

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The title story centers around 17-year-old cheerleader Dani, who knows she is stunning, but comes to realize that she lacks the certain inner something that makes her best friend, Inggy, gorgeous.

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