A Girl Could Stand Up

A Girl Could Stand Up

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When six-year-old Elray reaches up to touch the moon in the Tunnel of Love, she narrowly escapes a freak electric current that claims the lives of both her parents. Suddenly orphaned, she is left stunned and mute, until two loving but undomesticated uncles step in. Cross-dressing Uncle Ajax insists on being addressed as 'Aunt'; Uncle Harwood is a macho photographer, full of swagger and fond of drink. When the deceptively sweet Irish lawyer Rena moves in to mount a lucrative lawsuit against the fairground, the eccentric household becomes the very model of family life reinvented.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 129 x 199 x 27mm | 266g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552771902
  • 9780552771900
  • 891,286

About Leslie Marshall

Leslie Marshall has written for a variety of publications, including the Washington Post, Real Simple and InStyle magazine, where she is still contributing editor. She grew up in Washington, DC, and now lives in New York. This is her first novel.show more

Table of contents

When six-year-old Elray stands up to touch the moon, she narrowly escapes a freakish electric current that claims the lives of both her parents while riding through the amusement park Tunnel of Love. Suddenly orphaned, she is left stunned and mute, until two loving but not-so-domesticated uncles step in to take charge. One is her cross-dressing uncle Ajax, who insists on being addressed as 'aunt'; the other is Uncle Harwood, a macho photographer, full of swagger and fond of a drink. When the deceptively sweet Irish lawyer Rena moves in to mount a lucrative lawsuit against the fairground, the eccentric household becomes the very model of family life re-invented. Outwardly full of adventure and thrill-seeking energy, Elray stores her grief deep inside. With young Raoul she meets her match. In pursuit of invincibility, they perform reckless acts of bravery and dangerous rituals that lead them into underground crypts and across immense rivers. Together, they begin to unearth the essential truths about courage, strength, and the transforming power of love and family. Bursting with exuberance and vibrancy, Leslie Marshall lures us into a child's world of imagination and lawlessness, a place in which all sense of normality is lost, until it is time to fall in love. In the unique character of Elray Mayhew she has surely created one of literature's most unforgettable heroines.show more

Review quote

"'An atmosphere of crazy cheerfulness...undercut by moments of poignancy...a pleasure to read'" Daily Telegraph "'This quirky novel is a must for Kate Atkinson and John Irving fans who are fond of a surreal read'" Glamour "'A lovely tale of teenage love and companionship in a world where all adults seem insane'" Time Out "'An extraordinary journey through the life of an extraordinary family, chronicled by a child-woman you will not forget'" -- Anne Rivers Siddons "'Leslie Marshall ... is the Homer of dysfunctional modern family life. This is the best first novel I've read in years'" -- Edmund Whiteshow more

Back cover copy

When six-year-old Elray reaches up to touch the moon in the Tunnel of Love, she narrowly escapes a freak electric current that claims the lives of both her parents. Suddenly orphaned, she is left stunned and mute, until two loving but undomesticated uncles step in. Cross-dressing Uncle Ajax insists on being addressed as 'Aunt'; Uncle Harwood is a macho photographer, full of swagger and fond of drink. When the deceptively sweet Irish lawyer Rena moves in to mount a lucrative lawsuit against the fairground, the eccentric household becomes the very model of family life reinvented.show more

Review Text

"'Leslie Marshall ... is the Homer of dysfunctional modern family life. This is the best first novel I've read in years'"show more

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263 ratings
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4 35% (91)
3 27% (71)
2 9% (24)
1 2% (6)
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