The Story of Beautiful Girl (Paperback)
The author writes with great empathy since she herself has a
developmentally challenged adult sister. This intrigued me because of
the proximity and recent history of our own Traverse City State
Hospital. Lynnie and Homan escape together for a few brief days but
those days are enough to allow them to hide a tremendous secret, a baby
girl. Simon approaches this difficult story with great sensitivity and
follows the lives of these characters through forty years. I recommend
this and would also suggest Admissions by Jennie Sowle (a best-selling book at Horizon in 2010).
May 2011 Indie Next List
“One stormy evening in the late 1960s, Martha, a retired school teacher living alone in her farmhouse, opens her door to find a young couple from the nearby State School for the Incurable and Feeble Minded on her doorstep carrying a very new baby. Martha has time to feed and clothe them, and they have time to locate a hidden space in the attic in which to hide the baby before the authorities appear. The man escapes, and as the young woman is led away, she leans into Martha and says, 'Hide her.' To her own astonishment, Martha agrees to keep the baby and in that moment readers give up their hearts to these four remarkable characters and the story of the next 40 years of their lives.”
— Jeanne Regentin, Between the Covers, Harbor Springs, MI
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.
About the Author
"For those who loved The Help by Kathryn Stockett, this one's for you."—The Utah Daily Herald