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The Resource The Talk-Funny Girl

The Talk-Funny Girl

Label
The Talk-Funny Girl
Title
The Talk-Funny Girl
Statement of responsibility
Roland Merullo
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In one of the poorest parts of rural New Hampshire, teenage girls have been disappearing, snatched from back country roads, never to be seen alive again. For seventeen-year-old Marjorie Richards, the fear raised by these abductions is the backdrop to what she lives with her own home, every day. Marjorie has been raised by parents so intentionally isolated from normal society that they have developed their own dialect, a kind of mountain hybrid of English that displays both their ignorance of and disdain for the wider world. Marjorie is tormented by her classmates, who call her "The Talk-funny girl," but as the nearby factory town sinks deeper into economic ruin and as her parents fall more completely under the influence of a sadistic cult leader, her options for escape dwindle. But then, thanks to a loving aunt, Marjorie is hired by a man, himself a victim of abuse, who is building what he calls "a cathedral," right in the center of town. Day by day, Marjorie's skills as a stoneworker increase, and so too does her intolerance for the bitter rules of her family life. Gradually, through exposure to the world beyond her parents' wood cabin thanks to the kindness of her aunt and her boss, and an almost superhuman determination, she discovers what is loveable within herself. This newfound confidence and self-esteem ultimately allows her to break free from the bleak life she has known, to find love, to start a family, and to try to heal her old, deep wounds without passing that pain on to her husband and children. By turns darkly menacing and bright with love and resilience, The Talk-Funny Girl is the story of one young woman's remarkable courage, a kind of road map for the healing of early abuse, and a testament to the power of kindness and love
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
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Award
Alex Award, 2012.
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10002895
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
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1060
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
The Talk-Funny Girl
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:d78346b3-1ae9-4a1b-8def-e04acdebabdc
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307452948
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Talk-Funny Girl
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:d78346b3-1ae9-4a1b-8def-e04acdebabdc
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307452948
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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