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The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

Doenges, Judy

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ISBN 10: 0472115618 / ISBN 13: 9780472115617
Published by University of Michigan Press, U.S.A., 2006
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Title: The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

Publisher: University of Michigan Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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Judy Doenges's brilliant first novel is the deeply affecting story of Robin Simonsen, a girl growing up in the 1960s and 70s on the wrong side of a Chicago suburb. After the death of her young mother, Robin is left with her kind but irresponsible father-a junkman turned drug dealer-and her grandmother, a retired Vegas showgirl, both of whom draw local fixers and ex-cons into the Simonsens' increasingly shady home. Bright, wise, and observant, Robin is the quiet outsider to her hedonistic family, struggling to come to terms with her ardent love for girls.

Trapped in a house scarily alive with a rogues gallery of hapless and often hilarious crooks, misfits, and hangers-on, Robin must look elsewhere for stability, befriending the son of the neighborhood's only African American family-a boy whose unimpeachable manners and flawless grades mask his own sexuality-while falling in love with the high school beauty.

Wry, edgy, and smart, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World offers a new kind of young heroine, one who stands fearlessly at the precipice of her family and her town's self-destruction, defiantly fighting to save herself.

About the Author:

Judy Doenges's short fiction collection, What She Left Me (Middlebury College Press, 1999) was the recipient of a Ferro-Grumley Award, a Washington State Governor's Writers Award, and the Bakeless Prize, and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her stories have appeared in The Georgia Review, Nimrod, Green Mountains Review, Evergreen Chronicles, and elsewhere. Currently she is Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University.

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