The Story of Beautiful Girl

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A New York Times Bestseller

Selected for the May 2011 Indie Next List

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. When the authorities catch up to them, Homan escapes into the darkness and Lynnie is caught. 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.

Editorial Reviews

“In its sweeping breadth and textured detail lies a finely crafted testament to the benevolence and brutality of our humanity…The Story of Beautiful Girl is a beautiful story, indeed.”

John Grogan, New York Times bestselling author of Marley & Me


O, The Oprah Magazine

“For those who loved The Help by Kathryn Stockett, this one’s for you.”

Utah Daily Herald

“The most compelling, resonating novel I’ve read in years…A breathtakingly beautiful, yet heart-wrenchingly aching story that, despite its cruelty and humanity, uplifts the reader.”

Omaha World-Herald

Author Biography

Rachel Simon is an award-winning author and nationally known public speaker. She is best known for her bestselling memoir Riding The Bus with My Sister, which was adapted for a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie of the same name. Her other works include the New York Times bestseller The Story of a Beautiful Girl, The Writer’s Survival Guide, The Magic Touch, and others. Her books are frequent selections of book clubs and school reading programs around the country. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Reader Biography

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.

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