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Synopsis: Beautiful Girls is a dazzling debut collection about the secret lives of girls and women. The characters who inhabit Beth Ann Bauman's stories are the timid, the not-quite-fabulous, the public school Ophelias, who yearn for something grander than their current lot. These stories illuminate the search for love, friendship, connection, and identity.
In "True," an exquisitely shy teenage girl tries to fathom the hidden secrets of beauty from a boy who's "the prettiest person in the entire school." A lonely divorcee in "Safeway" wanders the darkened aisles of a grocery store during a power outage, and becomes "certain a touch of rot had taken root in her heart...and that she still might live better." In "Wash, Rinse, Spin," a hapless young woman loses her laundry and must resort to the decrepit wardrobe she wore while working in B movies, as her dying father fades in her hometown. And in the title story, voracious girls who long for love and admiration compete in a town pageant.
From the Inside Flap: "Beautiful Girls reads more like a tenth collection than a first one, a big elegant box full of surprises. I admired them. I was jealous of them. I was—I am—completely impressed." —Kevin Canty, author of A Stranger in This World and Honeymoon
"Beautiful Girls is a knockout! Anyone who’s interested in the secret lives of beautiful and not-so-beautiful girls, and those who know them, will love this book. I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it, and then I started all over again. Beth Ann Bauman is a new favorite!" —Alice Elliot Dark, author of In the Gloaming
These stories are wonderfully crafted. The tight prose cuts like a surgical knife into the lives of the characters and gives us an anatomy lesson in the human heart. The endings are especially strong and, like the last lines of great poems, shine a light that illuminates the whole of the stories.
Beautiful Girls is a beautiful collection. —South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Title: Beautiful Girls
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Book Description MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G1931561664I4N00
Book Description MacAdam/Cage Publishing, 2004. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Nice copy with light cover wear. Pages clean with tight binding. Seller Inventory # 1710187440
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Book Description MacAdam/Cage Publishing, 2004. Paperback. Condition: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Seller Inventory # S_204377393
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Book Description MacAdam/Cage Publishing. Condition: Very Good. Trade paperback. Very good condition; edges, corners, and covers of book show minor wear. No underlining; no highlighting; no internal markings. Stored in sealed plastic protection. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 2004. Trade paperback. Seller Inventory # 383895