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Local Girls - Alice Hoffman
Local Girls
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Told from Gretel Samuelson's sly and knowing perspective, Local Girls charts her progress as she navigates from childhood to the brink of womanhood, picking her way though the tragedies and absurdities of everyday life in a family which is rocked by divorce and disaster, bad judgement and fierce... show more
Told from Gretel Samuelson's sly and knowing perspective, Local Girls charts her progress as she navigates from childhood to the brink of womanhood, picking her way though the tragedies and absurdities of everyday life in a family which is rocked by divorce and disaster, bad judgement and fierce attachments. Her father has left them, her chain-smoking mother, Franny, is falling apart and refuses to learn the simple lessons of life, her perfect brother has fatal flaws, and even her best friend Jill - blonde, enviable and beautiful - is moving too fast into the unfathomable world of women.
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B00BFTT18W
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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Momster Bookworm
Momster Bookworm rated it
2.0 Local Girls
More than a story about transformation, it is one of transcendence. The version I read, bore the cover image of a hand attempting to grab at a heel, and it reminded me of the Biblical Jacob's attempt to usurp his brother Esau's birthright. The characters in this story aimed to overcome their difficu...
Grimlock ♥ Ultra Magnus
Grimlock ♥ Ultra Magnus rated it
2.0 Didn't like nearly as much as the first
The shorts were okay alone, but didn't work as an overall book for me. They just didn't fit together properly, and they tried to be a complete story. It can work, it has in the past, but it didn't work in this case for me. Also, super depressing. Blargh. Onto Practical Magic!
Ms. Margie
Ms. Margie rated it
4.0 Local Girls
Four minus.Sweet and short, in that order. I finished it in one evening.Hoffman has a wonderful writing style. She wrote "Practical Magic," which was made into a movie. If you've seen it, you know that she's strong on female characters and the bonds between them. Reading this book, I fell in lov...
willemite
willemite rated it
In this coming of age tale, Gretel and Jill are Long Island teens in a contemporary setting, Franconia, a place so bereft of imagination that all the local enterprises use the town’s name for theirs. There are moments in which magic enlivens the story and provides a context. In one, Gretel and Jaso...
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