The Revolution of Little Girls by Blanche Mccrary Boyd

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No matter how hard she tries, Ellen Burns will never be Scarlett O'Hara. As a little girl in South Carolina, she prefers playing Tarzan to playing Jane. As a teenage beauty queen she spikes her Cokes with spirits of ammonia and baffles her elders with her Freedom Riding sympathies. As a young woman in the 1960s and '70s, she hypnotizes her way to Harvard, finds herself as a lesbian, then very nearly loses herself to booze and shamans. And though the wry, rebellious, and vision-haunted heroine of this exhilarating novel may sometimes seem to be living a magnolia-scented Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman, Blanche McCrary Boyd's The Revolution Of Little Girls is a completely original arid captivating work.

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About Blanche Mccrary Boyd

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Boyd is writer-in-residence at Connecticut College.
Published February 2, 2011 by Vintage. 220 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Over the years, during which Ellen's sister will die and her stepsister will go mad, she will have four.) Ellen has been comfortable in none of these roles except that of tomboy;

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Boyd's vigorous narrative of a young girl's South Carolina upbringing entertains, but proves too disjointed.

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I was divorced and had recently proclaimed myself a lesbian revolutionary in a twenty-four page letter to my mother, who was not happy with this news.'' Although the novel wanders a bit and Boyd can't quite get Ellen the Radical to make peace with Ellen the Southerner, she and her heroine bot...

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