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The talk funny girl : a novel / Roland Merullo.

By: Merullo, Roland.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2011Edition: 1st ed.ISBN: 9780307452924; 0307452921.Subject(s): Self-realization in women -- Fiction | Abused teenagers -- Fiction | Cults -- Fiction | Courage -- Fiction | New Hampshire -- FictionDDC classification: 813/.54 Summary: Raised by parents so intentionally isolated that they speak their own hybrid dialect, abused youth Marjorie witnesses her parents' submission to a sadistic cult leader before she is rescued by another abuse survivor who teaches her stoneworking skills.
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PS3563.E748 M478 2011 (Browse shelf) Available 0000002143311

Raised by parents so intentionally isolated that they speak their own hybrid dialect, abused youth Marjorie witnesses her parents' submission to a sadistic cult leader before she is rescued by another abuse survivor who teaches her stoneworking skills.

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Marjorie Richards lives in rural New Hampshire in a shack in the woods with unemployed parents so socially isolated that they speak their own dialect of English. They are also devoted to a sadistic, self-styled minister who recommends starving children and dumping freezing water on them as punishments. The spring Marjorie turns 17, her aunt arranges for her to work for a young stone mason to learn the trade and earn good money. Although she is afraid he might kidnap her-local teenage girls have been disappearing-as she works, she finally comes to trust him, the world outside her strange family, and herself, while her family life implodes. Verdict Highly engaging and showing great empathy for the young protagonist, this is a thoughtful examination of rural poverty in New England, fundamentalist Christian sects, and spirituality. Merullo (Breakfast with Buddha) is from Massachusetts, and his familiarity with the region shows. Recommended for contemporary fiction readers, particularly those who like stories of coming-of-age in difficult circumstances, such as Kaye Gibbons's Ellen Foster.-Nancy Fontaine, Dartmouth Coll., Hanover, NH (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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ROLAND MERULLO is the acclaimed author of twelve previous books, including Revere Beach Boulevard, In Revere in Those Days, A Little Love Story, Golfing with God, Breakfast with Buddha, and American Savior . Merullo has won numerous prizes, including the Massachusetts Book Award for both fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

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