Little Beauties by Kim Addonizio
A Novel

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



Diana McBride, a thirty-four-year-old former child pageant contender, now works in a baby store in Long Beach. Between dealing with a catastrophic haircut, the failure of her marriage, and phone calls from her alcoholic mother, Diana has gone off her OCD medication and is trying to cope via washing and cleaning rituals. When pregnant teenager Jamie Ramirez enters the store, Diana's already chaotic world is sent spinning.
Jamie can't stand being pregnant. She can't wait to get on with her normal life and give the baby up for adoption. But her yet-to-be-born daughter, Stella, has a fierce will and a destiny to fulfill. And as the magical plot of Little Beauties unfolds, these three characters' lives become linked in ever more surprising ways.

About Kim Addonizio

See more books from this Author
Kim Addonizio is a fiction writer, poet, and teacher. Her poetry collections include Tell Me, a finalist for the National Book Award, What Is This Thing Called Love, and Lucifer at the Starlite. She lives in Oakland, California.
Published August 2, 2005 by Simon & Schuster. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Little Beauties

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Husband Tim has also opted for a fresh start, driven away by rules like, “Shower after emptying the trash.” An unpromising mother herself, Jamie chooses to keep baby Stella rather than give her up for adoption, unaware that the child is a marvel whose opinions and observations begin while she is ...

Jun 15 2005 | Read Full Review of Little Beauties: A Novel


See more reviews from this publication

Two women meet in a baby store in Long Beach California, and poet Kim Addonizio's first novel, Little Beauties, is off and running.

Aug 12 2005 | Read Full Review of Little Beauties: A Novel

AV Club

See more reviews from this publication

But Diana the former child-pageant contestant, Jamie the high-school dropout, and Stella the infant find that co-dependence isn't nearly as awful as the self-help books make it out to be.

Aug 16 2005 | Read Full Review of Little Beauties: A Novel

Reader Rating for Little Beauties

An aggregated and normalized score based on 16 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review