Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
A Novel

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Hassman avoids falling into stock characterization...by emphasizing the gut-wrenching details of Rory’s childhood.
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Rory Hendrix is the least likely of Girl Scouts. She hasn't got a troop or even a badge to call her own. But she's checked the Handbook out from the elementary school library so many times that her name fills all the lines on the card, and she pores over its surreal advice (Uniforms, disposing of outgrown; The Right Use of Your Body; Finding Your Way When Lost) for tips to get off the Calle: that is, the Calle de las Flores, 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 that she is one of the "third-generation bastards surely on the road to whoredom." But she's determined to prove the county and her own family wrong. Brash, sassy, vulnerable, wise, and terrified, she struggles with her mother's habit of trusting the wrong men, and the mixed blessing of being too smart for her own good. From diary entries, social workers' reports, half-recalled memories, arrest records, family lore, Supreme Court opinions, and her grandmother's letters, Rory crafts a devastating collage that shows us her world even as she searches for the way out of it.

Tupelo Hassman's Girlchild is a heart-stopping and original debut.

 

About Tupelo Hassman

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Tupelo Hassman graduated from Columbia's MFA program. Her writing has been published in the Portland Review Literary Journal, Paper Street Press, Tantalum, We Still Like, and Zyzzyva, and by 100 Word Story, Five Chapters.com, and Invisible City Audio Tours.
 
Published February 14, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 289 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Susannah Meadows on Mar 01 2012

Not everything here works. A central theme is Rory Dawn’s reliance on the Girl Scout handbook for guidance. It’s an overly cute writerly device.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Megan Mayhew Bergman on Feb 17 2012

Hassman avoids falling into stock characterization...by emphasizing the gut-wrenching details of Rory’s childhood.

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Good
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Feb 09 2012

It's a testament to Hassman's assurance as a writer that, even though we readers have the option of leaving, we hunker down in that trailer park with Rory for the long dry season of her youth.

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