I was in two minds when it comes to choosing the story of the beautiful girl Rachel Simon for reading my work in September.
It's not because I had doubts about the prospects of the book. The first chapters are attractive as the comments were extremely positive and every novel that makes New York Times bestseller list two weeks after the publication must have something special.
I was not sure if I wanted to choose a book that had the potential to be a key of the heart. Read Options are often influenced by our moods, and spring in the door it was tempting to choose something light and fun.
But when you examine other weakened in September, my mind kept coming back to the story of the beautiful girl. Embark on a stormy night in rural Pennsylvania when the two fugitives of the Pennsylvania State School incurable and weak-minded to wash the eve of the elderly widow, Martha, crushing a baby.
Lynnie ago, a young white man with an intellectual disability, and Homan, a deaf African American man. Back to School, Homan is known simply as the number forty-two.
He does not know the name Lynnie so he calls his beautiful daughter.
When the authorities come down farm in Martha, escapes Lynndie Homa and pulled away in a straitjacket, pray for Martha to hide the child.
The story is told in Chapter 40 of the three votes. Lynnie, institutionalized and dreams of Homan and her lost child, Martha, a baby exotic travel, and Homan, on the run and try to return to Beautiful Girl.
The book is dedicated "to those who were out" and tells of the most vulnerable have been locked away in institutions, often neglected or abandoned.
Critics have praised the compassionate and honest approach to Simon's question what living with a disability. The first chapters contain powerful image that reveals how Lynnie Homan and see the world. Lynnie is on the back of police car, putting her head to the "flow like ribbons of color," because he had long ago discovered that when "stop the head of a circle, his mind has landed on another place and time. "
Then there Homa, interpreting the intentions of others, their facial expressions. Face does not scream and talk face baby "the face of most people hear when they put the stick on the deafness of Homan."
Simon is an area on the form. His best-selling memory, Riding the bus with my sister, is a chronicle of the past year accompanied by her sister, Beth, who has a developmental disability and loves to ride the bus in an unnamed city Pennsylvania. The experience led Simon to a new appreciation of his sister as an independent person with strong views about how you live your own life, and to reconsider its own obsession with working life close.
"Both fascinating and moving, [the story of the beautiful girl] is designed to be enjoyed not only reading," Weiss wrote Holly in the Seattle Post Intelligencer. "Deftly nuanced and coined, the book explores our compassion and intolerance towards people different from us. "
In the end, I decided to History of the pretty girl, because it seemed like an important book, a book that deserves to be read and thought about a book that could challenge my thinking. Or, as The Washington Post said, "a work of fiction committed to a very disturbing truth."
I can not wait for the trip and to discuss the book with author Rachel Simon the next Q and A. If you have a question Rachel, please send an e-mail to us before Thursday, September 8, with the author's e-mail link.
There is still time to enter our competition to win a copy of the History of the pretty girl. Click here to enter. Tuesday, September Bronwyn has the function of reading, rules of civilization by Amor Towles.