She

She

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Book - 2016
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A nameless fifteen-year-old runs away to Los Angeles, seeking life beyond the harsh constraints of her evangelical upbringing. She is the narrative of her passage, from her escape on a bus through her quiet, determined progress across the city's unforgiving terrain. The journey takes her into and around the lives of Angelinos from all walks: a dancer whose hyperactive sense of smell makes her fiance's presence insufferable; a penniless botanist who earns her keep creating sugar-icing flowers to decorate glamorous wedding cakes she can never afford; a dentist lamenting the abuses done to the teeth of a patient for whom he has cared dutifully. Her odd encounters, set against the backdrop of Los Angeles's flagrant wealth, cast into relief its eccentricities and the everyday trials faced by its collection of lost souls. Together these stories reflect and refract one another, illuminating a poignant, unflinching portrait of loss and the search for identity in its wake.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393285055
0393285057
Branch Call Number: FIC LATIOLAIS, MICHELLE
Characteristics: 238 pages ; 22 cm

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LPL_DirectorBrad May 25, 2016

A fifteen year old girl flees her abusive father for the streets of L.A. We see contemporary L.A. through the lens of a girl whose life has previously been shrouded within the confines of an extremely conservative religion upbringing. The book moves back and forth between the story of the girl's path and vignettes of other womens' lives. I loved this book so much. Latiolais is an incredible writer. The characters leap to life. Highly recommended!

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