The Story of Beautiful Girl

The Story of Beautiful Girl

[a Novel]

Audiobook CD - 2011
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In 1968, Lynnie, a white woman with a disability, and Homan, a deaf African-American man, are languishing in a mental institution. After Lynnie becomes pregnant, she escapes with Homan and they are taken in by Martha, a widow who owns a farmhouse. When authorities find them, Homan escapes and Lynnie is captured, while Martha hides Lynnie's newborn baby. Over the next 40 years, Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia lead divided lives.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, p2011.
ISBN: 9781609411084
1609411080
Branch Call Number: CD FIC/SIMON
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (ca. 12 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Reading, Kate

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Jun 11, 2015

Audiobook review: This is a wonderful, bittersweet story about the ripple effect of 2 people in love and in a ridiculously troubled situation. It's about love and loss, guilt and redemption, institutionalization and freedom, growing up and growing old, and surviving it all with your hopes and dreams not only intact, but fulfilled.

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SuzeParker
Jun 15, 2013

In the late '60s, families often were encouraged to institutionalize children with developmental disabilities. So it is that Lynnie is sent to the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, where she and other residents are poorly treated. There, she befriends Homan, a black man whose only disability is deafness. Lynnie has become pregnant as the result of a rape, and Homan breaks them out of the school just before the baby's birth, knowing that having the child at the school would condemn that child to growing up in horrible conditions. On the run just after the baby's birth, Lynnie and Homan end up at the home of a 70-year-old widow, Martha. She agrees to hide the child (later named Julia) when the authorities arrive and capture Lynnie as Homan escapes. The remainder of the book gives readers a view into the main characters' hearts and lives through following years, as an elderly Martha raises Julia, Lynnie is returned to the institution and Homan has numerous adventures, though he never stops trying to find his way back to Lynnie.

While Story of Beautiful Girl underscores the "hide them away" mentality of the 1960s and 1970s by detailing some of the indignities perpetrated on those with developmental disabilities, it's also a hopeful account of the power of love in its many forms. I loved the story, the characters and the writing.

bbonier Jan 19, 2013

It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish in the institution, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired school teacher 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. Before she is forced back into the institution, she whispers two words to Martha: "Hide her." And so their 40 year journey begins. Very well read by Kate Reading.

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