The Story of Beautiful Girl
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... show more
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.
Publish date: May 4th 2011
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages no: 346
Edition language: English
I am amazed when I find a book that I wouldn't have picked up if not for a book challenge. I consider them gems because for me sometime I look at a book and think not for me. Then I try it and it shines so beautiful and to think I could have missed it. I loved every minute that I listen to Lynnie, H...
Great recommendation by a friend. I enjoyed that book and the glimpse into mental institutions within the USA. I warmed to Lynne, Homan and Martha quickly and this meant I was engaged in the story and cared about what happened to the characters. The story in the end was uplifting, even when there we...
I originally had this on my to-read list but my Human Socialization class had a required reading that involved a paper and this one happened to be on the list. I was not expecting to actually like it so much. It was a very interesting story that I find difficult to describe but it is in the view of ...
Life at the "School" hasn't been easy for Lynnie or Homan. They were placed in the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, an institution for those who don't have a place in the world because of their disabilities. Both Lynnie and Homan have escaped, and are looking for freedom. Unfortunately ...