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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,747 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rachel Simon Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Story of Beautiful Girl gets right under the skin and into the heart with the story of Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability that hinders her ability to speak, and Homan, an African American deaf man with only his home sign language to guide him. Both were institutionalized in the mid-twentieth century, when people with disabilities were routinely shut off from society and left to languish without attention, forgotten.

One night, Lynnie and her sweetheart, Homan, escape. They find refuge in the farmhouse of the widow Martha, a retired schoolteacher. But the couple is not alone; Lynnie has just borne a child. When the authorities catch up to them, Homan escapes into the darkness and Lynnie is caught. Just before she is gruffly taken back to The School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, she utters two words to Martha: “Hide her.” And so begins the tale of three lives desperate to connect yet kept apart by seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In its sweeping breadth and textured detail lies a finely crafted testament to the benevolence and brutality of our humanity…The Story of Beautiful Girl is a beautiful story, indeed.”

    John Grogan, New York Times bestselling author of Marley & Me

  • “Heart-tugging.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “For those who loved The Help by Kathryn Stockett, this one’s for you.”

    Utah Daily Herald

  • “The most compelling, resonating novel I’ve read in years…A breathtakingly beautiful, yet heart-wrenchingly aching story that, despite its cruelty and humanity, uplifts the reader.”

    Omaha World-Herald

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the May 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by CAtherine | 2/18/2014

    " I loved this book despite its slightly implausible happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nicola | 2/15/2014

    " This is a really good book, it is a smashing read, good story and great characters . It is perhaps not the most considered examination of the treatment of the mentally impaired but it makes a point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mindy | 2/8/2014

    " I thought this book started strong and ended weak. Recommended to those who are interested in institutional life of the disabled in the 1960's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sylva Christenson | 1/31/2014

    " excellent story. touching and thought provoking. "

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