Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek - 298 pages
In this powerful and deeply emotional debut novel in the classic Southern tradition of Carson McCullers, Kaye Gibbons, and the young Truman Capote, a terrified young girl clings desperately to childhood while being forced into adulthood years before she is ready.
My Review: 4 stars
An accomplishment in writing. Dark and depressing subject yet I couldn't stop turning the pages. How is that possible? The writing style was perfect and the short chapters kept me sane with all the hardships little Ellie endured. If there was ever a book that I wanted to reach inside and slap the crap out of a character or two (or three), this would be it. This is a coming of age story for a young heroine in her own right.
aSadly this author died in 2010. This was her first novel after publishing books of poetry.
Tags: Fiction, 1960’s, 2011
Labels: 2011, Coming Of Age, Fiction