Girlchild

In her debut novel, Tupelo Hassman channels the brash but vulnerable voice of Rory Dawn Hendrix, a young girl growing up in a seedy Reno trailer park. Determined not to follow the going-nowhere path prescribed for her — the one her Mama is currently on — Rory checks out the Girl Scout Handbook from her school library over and over again, even though she isn’t in a troop. Will advice on subjects like “Finding Your Way When You Get Lost” help her escape?

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