The Talk-funny Girl

The Talk-funny Girl

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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In one of the poorest parts of rural New Hampshire, teenage girls have been disappearing, snatched from back country roads, never to be seen alive again. For seventeen-year-old Marjorie Richards, the fear raised by these abductions is the backdrop to what she lives with her own home, every day. Marjorie has been raised by parents so intentionally isolated from normal society that they have developed their own dialect, a kind of mountain hybrid of English that displays both their ignorance of and disdain for the wider world. Marjorie is tormented by her classmates, who call her "The Talk-funny girl," but as the nearby factory town sinks deeper into economic ruin and as her parents fall more completely under the influence of a sadistic cult leader, her options for escape dwindle. But then, thanks to a loving aunt, Marjorie is hired by a man, himself a victim of abuse, who is building what he calls "a cathedral," right in the center of town. Day by day, Marjorie's...
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9780307452948
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Mar 09, 2017

I really enjoyed this book because with Merullos writing style is down-to-earth. You read a book about a girl that goes from rags to riches. I like novels that allow you to connect to the characters feelings but also one that is humble in the way you understand the setting, plot, etc. I just like how comfortable you feel when you become Marjorie or follow her path in her shoes. But it cannot be fully expressed unless you actually pick it up and read. I read it in 2015 :) Two years later I still love it and think about it sometimes.

Sep 12, 2013

Loved this book - it absorbed me for two days! So well written; I will recommend it to my friends, and I am requesting another book by this author.

Apr 04, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. It was a story that would resonate with anyone who has lived in an abusive situation in childhood. The guilt to love a parent who isn't so nice and the want to leave but wanting to gain love from the parent she stayed . I think it's always true that because someone loved her , Aunt Elaine she had a chance. Hope you like it as much a s i did

BPLNextBestAdults Nov 15, 2011

Marjorie is the seventeen-year-old “talk funny” girl whose first-person recollection of her upbringing in a poor rural area of New Hampshire is the basis of this compelling novel. Her parents are completely isolated from the community with their own mountain hybrid dialect that makes Marjorie a subject of teasing at school and abuse at home. Her distrust of adults is well entrenched, learned from the actions of her parents and a sadistic minister, and heightened by the unsolved abductions and murders of several young girls. Only the kindness of an aunt and a young stoneworker, with a dream of building a “real cathedral” out of the debris of an old church, can save her.
This novel is captivating, the suspense low grade but building to an unexpected ending. It is apparent from the opening chapter that Marjorie, with her inspiring resilience, finds her way out of this hopelessness. Having lost her dialect as an adult, she is aptly able to express herself: “I wanted to go back and hunt it down and close the hurt museum for good though I discovered you cannot really do that. What you can do, what you have to do is not pass much of it on.” It is a journey and a moral lesson the reader will remember.


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