Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman

In a vast trailer park north of Reno, Rory Hendrix faces many horrors: poverty, abuse, addiction. But her greatest fears revolve around expectations — of her family, her community, and herself.

Rory longs for order to her life, and finds it in the pages of a Girl Scout manual. As she struggles to find out how she fits into this world (or doesn’t), Rory encounters the worst, and best, of the people around her.

Hassman’s prose is imaginative, seamless, and imbued with a passionate sense of place. The novel echoes Hassman’s life in many ways, but this is clearly Rory’s tale.

Reviewed by Rachel

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