The Naming of Girl
Rhonda G. Williams
Upper Hand Press Llc
You've met Scout Finch and Ellen Foster: Now meet Girl Brown, the spunkiest nine-year-old in all the South. Girl lives with Tracie, her guardian, who smokes so much pot she "can't remember a thing," and Antoe, who is "big like a grown-up," a developmentally delayed adult who is Girl's best friend and playmate. She makes sure to keep out Antoe and herself of Chuck's way. Chuck is Tracie's disabled Vietnam vet boyfriend who fights his own demons with whiskey and heroin and he hates "sassy-mouthed" kids. And Girl is sassy, with a mouth like a sailor and fingers so sticky she can clean out the local Woolworth's in a heartbeat.
In a world of rural poverty and ill-educated folks, Girl tries to find her name and real family, tripped at every turn by negligence, moral and physical abuse. Yet her story is the story of an indomitable child whose innocent courage saves her own life in an unforgettable climax.