A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

GIVEAWAY: The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo

The Talk-Funny Girl: A Novel by Roland Merullo; Trade Paperback, Broadway; On Sale Now

A beautifully written coming-of-age story that is a testament to one young woman's courage and the healing force of love. Marjorie is raised by parents so intentionally isolated from normal human society that they develop their own dialect, a kind of mountain hybrid of English that displays both their ignorance of and disdain for the wider world. As the nearby factory town sinks deeper into economic ruin, Marjorie is rescued from her own private hell in unique fashion: she 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 skills as a stoneworker increase, and so does her discomfort with the bitter rules of her family life. Slowly, she discovers what is lovable within herself, and this new confidence enables her to break free, start a family of her own, and try to fully heal her wounds without passing the pain on to her own children.

“In the searing tradition of Bastard out of Carolina and Ellen Foster… Merullo not only displays an inventive use of language in creating the Richards’ strange dialect but also delivers a triumphant story of one lonely girl’s resilience.”--Booklist
“Captivating...[Merullo] is adept at creating suspense, planting credible red herrings, and finally spilling the truth at just the right moment...in a breathless, stunning climax that feels both surprising and inevitable." - Boston Globe

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  1. Glad that you did that! The word verification is getting more and more difficult over time!

    I have been wanting to read this book for a long time. I like the idea of an isolated girl have to deal with beng different. Makes a good story.


  2. Thanks for the giveaway :)

    Sounds like a good, inspirational read.

  3. I commented on your review of Amelia Bedelia.

  4. I hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds like an interesting look at culture shock.

  5. I was just reading about this book the other day. Great giveaway!


  6. This is the type of book that I enjoy reading. Thank you for the giveaway.