The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

New York Times Bestseller

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

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  • Christian Science Monitor Bestseller
  • Oprah Magazine: Ten Titles To Pick Up Now, June 2011
  • USA Today: Ten Books Not To Miss, May, 2011
  • Borders eBook Club Pick, June 2011 (First eBook Club Title Ever!)
  • Christian Science Monitor: #1 Recommended Novel for May, 2011
  • Indie Next List, #1 Recommended Title for May, 2011
  • Bookreporter.com, Books We’re Betting You’ll Love, May 2011

An unforgettably moving love story about the improbable odds faced by a couple with disabilities and a lost child–from the author of the bestseller Riding the Bus with My Sister. Scroll down for more information about The Story of Beautiful Girl, including chapter excerpts, videos, images, and more.

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About the Book


Synopsis

It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution, the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone-Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught. But before she is forced back into the institution, she whispers two words to Martha: "Hide her." And so begins the 40-year epic journey of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia-lives divided by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, yet drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love.

About the Author

Rachel Simon is the award-winning author of six books and a nationally-recognized public speaker on issues related to diversity and disability. Her titles include the bestsellers, The Story of Beautiful Girl and Riding The Bus with My Sister. Both books are frequent selections of book clubs and school reading programs around the country. Rachel's work has been adapted for theater, NPR, the Lifetime Channel, and Hallmark Hall of Fame, whose adaptation of Riding The Bus With My Sister starred Rosie O' Donnell and Andie McDowell, and was directed by Anjelica Huston.

For more information, please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Simon

 

"Heart-tugging."

Oprah Magazine

"Truly stirring."

Entertainment Weekly

"Improbably beautiful."

The Christian Science Monitor

"I dare you to read the first twenty pages and not keep going."

John Grogan, New York Times Bestselling Author of Marley & Me

"It's amazing."

Jennifer Weiner, New York Times bestselling author, as heard on the Today Show

"The Story of Beautiful Girl is the best book I've ever read."

Dan Gottlieb, author of Letters To Sam and Learning From The Heart

"An absolute jewel of a book."

Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You


Contact Rachel Simon


To send a message to Rachel Simon:
email her at rachelsimon2008@gmail.com

Media Inquiries about The Story Of Beautiful Girl:
contact Sonya Cheuse at sonya.cheuse@hbgusa.com
or call 212-364-1496

For all Speaking Inquiries:
contact Marc Goldman at marc@damonbrooks.com
or call 805-604-9017


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First Chapter Excerpt

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Audiobook

This audiobook edition is approximately 12 hours long, unabridged on 10 CDs, read by recognized narrator Kate Reading, from Hachette Audio. Kate has received accolades for her work on such audiobooks as The Painted Veil, The Good Earth, The River, Sweetness in the Belly, and many others.

"When I listened to this wonderful audio edition, I was as swept up in the story as I would have been if I'd never encountered it before. Kate Reading gives each scene the sense of atmosphere and profound longing I felt when I was writing the book - and each character the distinct voice that she deserves."    - Rachel Simon

"Kate Reading's narration is engaging and appropriate. She creates and alternates between different voices for the book's characters in a way that is subtle, effective, and never distracting, which only adds to a masterful book that covers a subject matter both appalling and enthralling."    - Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

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"Heart-tugging."

Oprah Magazine

"Truly stirring."

Entertainment Weekly

"Improbably beautiful."

The Christian Science Monitor

"I dare you to read the first twenty pages and not keep going."

John Grogan, New York Times Bestselling Author of Marley & Me

"It's amazing."

Jennifer Weiner, New York Times bestselling author, as heard on the Today Show

"The Story of Beautiful Girl is the best book I've ever read."

Dan Gottlieb, author of Letters To Sam and Learning From The Heart

"An absolute jewel of a book."

Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You


Select Articles


An interview with Joy Stocke, Editor-In-Chief
The Wild River Review, February 2012

An interview with Gary Soulsman pdf icon
News Journal, February 2012

Interview with Rachel Simon in Wordgathering, a journal of disability poetry
Wordgathering, December 2011

How I Write: Interview in The Writer pdf icon - The Writer, December 2011

Rachel Simon Artfully Weaves Religious Themes into Novel pdf icon
The Jewish Muse, 05/31/11

Dave Bakke: 'John Doe #24" inspires best-selling novel pdf icon
The State Journal-Register, 05/26/11


10 More Books Not To Miss In May - USA Today, 4/28/11


A Seemingly Impossible Love Story pdf icon - BookPage, 2011


Fiction Review: The Story of Beautiful Girl - Publisher's Weekly, 02/22/11


4 Women To Watch pdf icon - Signature Brandywine, February 2011


Not Your Usual Boy Meets Girl pdf icon - The News Journal, 01/23/11


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The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

Now Available in paperback, audiobook,
e-book, and large print. Click a link below to order, or view all other retailers at www.hachettebookgroup.com
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"Heart-tugging."

Oprah Magazine

"Truly stirring."

Entertainment Weekly

"Improbably beautiful."

The Christian Science Monitor

"I dare you to read the first twenty pages and not keep going."

John Grogan, New York Times Bestselling Author of Marley & Me

"It's amazing."

Jennifer Weiner, New York Times bestselling author, as heard on the Today Show

"The Story of Beautiful Girl is the best book I've ever read."

Dan Gottlieb, author of Letters To Sam and Learning From The Heart

"An absolute jewel of a book."

Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You


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