The Revolution of Little Girlsby Blanche Mccrary Boyd
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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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.
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.