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The Talk-funny Girl

A Novel
Merullo, Roland (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Talk-funny Girl
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Raised by parents so intentionally isolated that they speak their own hybrid dialect, abused youth Marjorie witnesses her parents' submission to a sadistic cult leader before she is rescued by another abuse survivor who teaches her stoneworking skills.
Authors: Merullo, Roland
Title: The talk-funny girl
a novel
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: x, 304 p. ;,25 cm.
Summary: Raised by parents so intentionally isolated that they speak their own hybrid dialect, abused youth Marjorie witnesses her parents' submission to a sadistic cult leader before she is rescued by another abuse survivor who teaches her stoneworking skills.
Alternate Title: Talk funny girl
ISBN: 9780307452924
0307452921
Statement of Responsibility: Roland Merullo
Subject Headings: Self-realization in women Fiction. Abused teenagers Fiction. Cults Fiction. Courage Fiction. New Hampshire Fiction.
Topical Term: Self-realization in women
Abused teenagers
Cults
Courage
LCCN: 2011003328
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Sep 12, 2013
  • beachcat2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • Orangeted rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Nov 15, 2011
  • BPLNextBestAdults rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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