The Revolution of Little Girls [NOOK Book]

Overview

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...
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The Revolution of Little Girls

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Overview

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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No matter how hard she tries, Ellen 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 baffles her elders with her Freedom Riding sympathies. And as a young woman in the 1960s and '70s, she hypnotizes her way to Harvard and finds herself as a lesbian before nearly losing herself to booze and shamans.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307766663
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/2/2011
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,156,604
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2007

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    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2000

    strange but great read

    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.

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