The Divorce Girl: A Story of Art and Soul [NOOK Book]

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Meet Deborah Shapiro, a New Jersey teenage photographer whose parents outrageous divorce lands her in the biggest flea market in the free world, a Greek diner with immigration issues, a New York City taxi company, a radical suburban synagogue, a hippie-owned boutique, bowling alleys, beaches, and bagel shops. As her home explodes, a first love, a series of almost-mothers, and a comical collection of eccentric mentors show Deborah how to make art out of a life, and life from the wreckage of a broken home. Join ...
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The Divorce Girl: A Story of Art and Soul

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Overview

Meet Deborah Shapiro, a New Jersey teenage photographer whose parents outrageous divorce lands her in the biggest flea market in the free world, a Greek diner with immigration issues, a New York City taxi company, a radical suburban synagogue, a hippie-owned boutique, bowling alleys, beaches, and bagel shops. As her home explodes, a first love, a series of almost-mothers, and a comical collection of eccentric mentors show Deborah how to make art out of a life, and life from the wreckage of a broken home. Join Kansas poet laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg as she explores loss, grief, and bad behavior with humor and imagination. This coming of age story illuminates how a daring heart can turn a broken girl into a woman strong enough to craft a life of art, soul, and beauty.
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Editorial Reviews

Peggy Shumaker
When her family explodes, Deborah shuts down. Her world shrinks to what she sees through her camera's viewfinder. As she focuses on images she creates, her life emerges, filled with possibilities beyond bruises, beyond self-destruction. Art creates for her a life she could not imagine in any other way. The Divorce Girl is a visionary novel, a powerful story of pain and healing.
Patricia Traxler
A savvy and generous-hearted book, rich and gritty and wise. There have been many well-intentioned but formulaic takes on what it is to be a child of divorce, but this unique and fearless novel, beautifully written by poet Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, is fresh and unpredictable, pulsing with its young protagonist s wit, determination, and courage as she journeys through painful and frightening times, transporting herself by sheer force of will from a shattered world to a world made whole through self
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014661768
  • Publisher: Ice Cube Press
  • Publication date: 7/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 378
  • File size: 250 KB

Meet the Author

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-2012 Poet Laureate of Kansas, and a long-time transformative language artist. As a poet, fiction and non-fiction writer, teacher, mentor, and facilitator, she explores and celebrates how the spoken, written and sung word can help us live more meaningful and vibrant lives. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College (where she teaches), and facilitator of Brave Voice workshops, she values social and personal transformation through the spoken, written and sung word. Her previous book, The Sky Begins At Your Feet received a Starred Review in Library Journal.
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  • Posted August 7, 2012

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    Beautiful and painful story!

    My review: I decided to review this book purely for personal reasons. I went through divorce for 1,5 years ago and my kid had to go through it on his own way, too. He still does. I was curious and afraid to read The Divorce Girl for exactly the same reasons - and I was right. The Divorce Girl touched me on a personal level, even though the time and the place and the age and path of the kid were different, it still affected me. I enjoyed every minute of reading. The Divorce Girl by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is a book about family, loss, betrayal, dealing with pain, hope - and all through the eyes of a teenage girl. Her life changes with the divorce. She shuts down her feelings and directs them to a photo camera and sees the world as safely as possible through the lens. I think that the title of the book is right on spot. divorce is actually one of the main characters in the book next to Deborah. Throughout the whole book, divorce and how it influences kids is on main focus. Author asks so many questions which are actual today. Even the settings in the book are from the 70s in New Jersey, the questions about divorce are still the same as they were 30-40 years ago: Do parents understand what divorce really does to children? Do they care? Can the results of a divorce at all be avoided? I truly enjoyed reading it through Deborah's narrative and I think the author did an excellent job with mirroring the grown-ups' world through her. It was messy, painful and yet, the author was capable of keeping the innocence of a young girl's understandings. It's a beautifully painful book to read!

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