True Confessions of a Heartless Girl by Martha Brooks

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“A quietly astonishing work of art.” – Starred, Quill & Quire

In the midst of a heaven-rattling summer storm a young stranger blows into a small prairie town. On the run after taking her latest boyfriend’s truck, with a pocketful of stolen money and a heart full of pain, seventeen-year-old Noreen Stall seems to invite trouble. And trouble comes soon enough as Noreen’s new mistakes trigger calamities that shake the lives of the residents of Pembina Lake: Lynda Bradley, a divorced mother and owner of a failing café who’s given up on life and love; Dolores Harper, the village elder who, in spite of her signature sweatshirt that says MEDDLING FOR JESUS, has lost her enthusiasm for helping others; and Del Armstrong, a middle-aged bachelor farmer who is still paying for the tragic events of his own seventeenth summer.

Set against the vast skies of a prairie landscape, with a rich cast of unforgettable characters and an unlikely heroine as endearing as she is tough, this affecting novel reminds readers that it’s never too late for forgiveness – and that sometimes the most unlikely messenger can deliver a small miracle.
 

About Martha Brooks

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Martha Brooks is the author of six highly acclaimed young adult books, including Traveling On into the Light and Other Stories, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a Hungry Mind Review Children’s Book of Distinction. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada.
 
Published October 1, 2002 by Sagebrush Education Resources. 210 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An older neighbor, Dolores, elicits Noreen’s life story: a mother who drinks, a physically abusive stepfather, a loving older stepsister exasperated by Noreen’s selfishness, and Wesley, the kind boyfriend she’s deserted.

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After a troubled teen shows up in a tiny town, a single mother offers her lodging, returning the hospitality that another woman had extended to her and her son.

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But Brooks's languorous, poetic style fittingly reflects the overburdened women she portrays and allows space for touching scenes, such as Lynda remembering her own foul-weather flight from an abusive husband or Dolores's apology to Del for not helping him after his brother's death.

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During her stay at Pembina Lake, Noreen makes many more mistakes, including accidentally poisoning Seth's beloved dog and ripping out part of the wall in the café while trying to remove the fading, ugly wallpaper.

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It's really handy finding a book reviewer who has almost identical taste in books :-)As for the Demon's Lexicon, I did enjoy it (very much so), but I thought it was interesting how Nick grew more, let's say, inhuman throughout the course of the book.

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