The Revolution of Little Girls

The Revolution of Little Girls

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by Blanche Mccrary Boyd
     
 

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No matter how hard she tries, Ellen Burns will never be Scarlett O'Hara. As a little girl in South Carolina, she prefers playing Tarzan to playing Jane. As a teenage beauty queen she spikes her Cokes with spirits of ammonia and baffles her elders with her Freedom Riding sympathies. As a young woman in the 1960s and '70s, she hypnotizes her way to Harvard, finds…  See more details below

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No matter how hard she tries, Ellen Burns will never be Scarlett O'Hara. As a little girl in South Carolina, she prefers playing Tarzan to playing Jane. As a teenage beauty queen she spikes her Cokes with spirits of ammonia and baffles her elders with her Freedom Riding sympathies. As a young woman in the 1960s and '70s, she hypnotizes her way to Harvard, finds herself as a lesbian, then very nearly loses herself to booze and shamans. And though the wry, rebellious, and vision-haunted heroine of this exhilarating novel may sometimes seem to be living a magnolia-scented Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman, Blanche McCrary Boyd's The Revolution Of Little Girls is a completely original arid captivating work.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Boyd's vigorous narrative of a young girl's South Carolina upbringing entertains, but proves too disjointed. Author tour. (July)
Library Journal
Focusing on the South of the Sixties, Boyd examines the tragedies of the Burns family, particularly those that affect daughter Ellen. Never the stereotypical Southern girl, unconventional Ellen highlights her redneck qualities even while seeking ``normalcy,'' which constantly evades her. Needing comfort, the child who laced her Cokes with spirits of ammonia ``graduates'' to drugs, alcohol, and unconventional lifestyles. Obsessed by her past, she confronts uneasy memories, trying to make peace with herself. Boyd's writing, while honest and original, is also disturbing and may leave many readers feeling unsettled. Boyd is the author of two previous novels plus a book of essays, The Redneck Way of Knowledge (Knopf, 1982).-- Ellen R. Cohen, Rock ville, Md.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307766663
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/02/2011
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
1,199,982
File size:
2 MB

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Robert Stone
Blanche Boyd is irreplaceable. There is no cast of mind with quite the same savor, no humor quite so dry, no insights which reverberate in quite the same pitch. Her style [is] sure, true, and vastly pleasurable.

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The Revolution of Little Girls 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sad and funny, bittersweet and tender, don't miss this book. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. The characters are finely drawn and their quirky traits and sarcastic exchanges make this a book I will long remember. I loved Elllen and her crazy southern family...hope you do too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a hilarious and well-written book. it touches on the ideas that your family can be your best friend- or your worst enemy and that sometimes all you really want from life is to be yourself.