The Most Beautiful Girl in the World by Judy Doenges
(Sweetwater Fiction: Originals)

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Judy Doenges's brilliant first novel is the deeply affecting story of Robin Simonsen, a girl growing up in the 1960s and 70s on the wrong side of a Chicago suburb. After the death of her young mother, Robin is left with her kind but irresponsible father-a junkman turned drug dealer-and her grandmother, a retired Vegas showgirl, both of whom draw local fixers and ex-cons into the Simonsens' increasingly shady home. Bright, wise, and observant, Robin is the quiet outsider to her hedonistic family, struggling to come to terms with her ardent love for girls.

Trapped in a house scarily alive with a rogues gallery of hapless and often hilarious crooks, misfits, and hangers-on, Robin must look elsewhere for stability, befriending the son of the neighborhood's only African American family-a boy whose unimpeachable manners and flawless grades mask his own sexuality-while falling in love with the high school beauty.

Wry, edgy, and smart, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World offers a new kind of young heroine, one who stands fearlessly at the precipice of her family and her town's self-destruction, defiantly fighting to save herself.

About Judy Doenges

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Doenges has taught writing at several universities, and has published stories in numerous literary journals.
Published April 25, 2006 by University of Michigan Press/Regional. 224 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Once she reaches high school, however, she uses drugs as a way to gain access to the cool crowd in an elaborate effort to become close to the school's prettiest girl, Lynn.

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