THE STORY OF BEAUTIFUL GIRL
New York Times bestselling author of RIDING THE BUS WITH MY SISTER, BUILDING A HOME WITH MY HUSBAND, and others, has written a love story about a developmentally disabled couple. In the late 1960s, Lynnie, a young white woman with limited speech, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are placed at the Pennsylvania State School for the Incurable and Feebleminded. Despite the poor living conditions, abusive staff members, strict rules, and a language barrier, Lynnie and Homan fall in love. They escape the institution to a farmhouse owned by Martha, a retired schoolteacher, where Lynnie gives birth to their child, Julia, whom they leave with Martha when Lynnie is apprehended and returned to the school. Although their lives diverge and unfold in different ways, their short time together nurtures Lynnie and Homan over the years as they develop confidence, learn to sign and speak and finally reunite.
(Talk and signings: 2/21 at Eagle Eye Bookstore and 2/22 at Peerless Bookstore, 8465 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta, 30022)