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The Story of Beautiful Girl

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Rachel Simon

Narrated By: Kate Reading

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: May 2011

Duration: 12 hours 0 minutes


THE STORY OF BEAUTIFUL GIRL gets right under the skin and into the heart with the story of Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability that hinders her ability to speak, and Homan, an African American deaf man with only his home sign language to guide him. Both were institutionalized in the mid-twentieth century, when people with disabilities were routinely shut off from society and left to languish without attention, forgotten.

One night, Lynnie and her sweetheart, Homan, escape. They find refuge in the farmhouse of the widow Martha, a retired schoolteacher. But the couple is not alone; Lynnie has just borne a child. The authories catch up to them; Homan escapes into the darkness and Lynnie is caught. But just before she is gruffly taken back to The School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, she utters two words to Martha: 'Hide her.' And so begins the tale of three lives desperate to connect, yet kept apart by seemingly insurmountable obstacles.


  • Anonymous

    This is really a love story! As anguishing as some of the details are (and believe me, I HATE sad or depressing stories), this story is uplifting while also confronting all of us about our perceptions of others. I would recommend this book to anyone! Those of us in "the mainstream" need to think about our perception of others and those of us outside the mainstream need to know triumph is within reach.

  • UQLady

    This book is so good you wont' be able to stop listening until you reach the end just a wonderful uplifting book.

  • Jill

    I'm afraid I didn't share Anonymous' love of this book. In fact, I didn't even finish it.....

  • Anonymous

    I LOVED this book! I loved how the characters lives intertwined and they were so believable. The ending was wonderful - not what I hoped for, but perfect!

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