Sweetgirl

Sweetgirl

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With the heart, daring, and evocative atmosphere of Winter's Bone and True Grit, and driven by the raw, whip-smart voice of Percy James, a blistering debut about a fearless sixteen-year old girl whose search for her missing mother leads to an unexpected discovery, and a life or death struggle in the harsh frozen landscape of the Upper Midwest.

As a blizzard bears down, Percy James sets off to find her troubled mother, Carletta. For years, Percy has had to take care of herself and Mama--a woman who's been unraveling for as long as her daughter can remember. Fearing Carletta is strung out on meth and that she won't survive the storm, Percy heads for Shelton Potter's cabin, deep in the woods of Northern Michigan. A two-bit criminal, as incompetent as he his violent, Shelton has been smoking his own cook and grieving the death of his beloved Labrador, Old Bo.

But when Percy arrives, there is no sign of Carletta. Searching the house, she finds Shelton and his girlfriend drugged into oblivion--and a crying baby girl left alone in a freezing room upstairs. From the moment the baby wraps a tiny hand around her finger, Percy knows she must save her--a split-second decision that is the beginning of a dangerous odyssey in which she must battle the elements and evade Shelton and a small band of desperate criminals, hell-bent on getting that baby back.

Knowing she and the child cannot make it alone, Percy seeks help from Carletta's ex, Portis Dale, who is the closest thing she's ever had to a father. As the storm breaks and violence erupts, Percy will be forced to confront the haunting nature of her mother's affliction and finds her own fate tied more and more inextricably to the baby she is determined to save.

Filled with the sweeping sense of cultural and geographic isolation of its setting--the hills of fictional Cutler County in northern Michigan--and told in Percy's unflinching style, Sweetgirl is an affecting exploration of courage, sacrifice, and the ties that bind--a taut and darkly humorous tour-de-force that is horrifying, tender, and hopeful.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 132 x 201 x 18mm | 181g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062400835
  • 9780062400833

Back cover copy

A blistering debut driven by the raw, whip-smart voice of Percy James, a fearless sixteen-year-old girl whose search for her missing mother leads to a life-and-death struggle in the harsh frozen landscape of the upper Midwest.

As a blizzard bears down, Percy James sets off to find her troubled mother, Carletta, who's been unraveling for as long as her daughter can remember. Fearing Carletta is strung out on meth and won't survive the storm, Percy heads for the cabin of her mother's dealer, Shelton Potter, deep in the woods of northern Michigan.

But instead of Carletta, Percy discovers a crying baby girl alone in a freezing room. Percy knows she must save her--a split-second decision that commences a dangerous odyssey in which Percy must battle the elements and evade a small band of desperate criminals on her trail.

Filled with the sweeping sense of cultural and geographic isolation of its setting, Sweetgirl is an affecting exploration of courage, sacrifice, and the ties that bind, a taut and darkly humorous tour de force that is horrifying, tender, and hopeful.
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Review quote

A lean gutpunch of a novel surfaced from Cutler County this month, and its name is Sweetgirl--a lyrical tale that practically demands to be read in a single sitting.--Paste Magazine
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3,395 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 22% (754)
4 42% (1,441)
3 28% (944)
2 6% (215)
1 1% (41)
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