February 13, 2012
February 13, 2012
It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution, the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone-Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught. But before she is forced back into the institution, she whispers two words to Martha: "Hide her." And so begins the 40-year epic journey of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia-lives divided by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, yet drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love.
Besides sharing the dour confines of a home for the disabled, two lovers in THE STORY OF BEAUTIFUL GIRL have little in common. The couple have different handicaps and different skin colors in an era--the 1960s--when those qualities make their relationship outcast even in the company of their group home. When Lynnie gives birth to Homan's child, they escape the mental institution. Seeking refuge, the couple hides in a widow's farmhouse. Their night of freedom, however, ends abruptly when the authorities catch up to them, separating the mother, child, and father for more than forty years.
- Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Stages of Life, Psychology, Family + Friendship, General, Education
- Publisher: Grand Central Pub
- Pages: 300
- Language: English
- Release Date: February 13, 2012
- Author: Rachel Simon
- Online Item #: 13929861
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0474
- ISBN: 9780446574457
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported