The Story of Beautiful Girl

Author(s): Rachel Simon


On a stormy night in small-town America, a couple, desperate and soaked to the skin, knock on a stranger's door. When Martha, a retired schoolteacher, answers their knock, her world changes for ever. Her visitors are Lynnie and Homan, who have fled The School for the Incurable and Feebleminded with their newborn baby. But the police are closing in and their freedom is about to be snatched away. Moments before she is taken back to the School, bound and tied, Lynnie utters two words to Martha: 'Hide her.' And so begins the heart-rending story of Lynnie, Homan, Martha and baby Julia - lives divided by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, but drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love.


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Pennsylvania, 1968. 'Hide her.' Two words that would change all of their lives - forever.

"The most compelling, resonating novel I've read in years....A breathtakingly beautiful, yet heart-wrenchingly aching story that, despite its cruelty and humanity, uplifts the reader." - Omaha World-Herald

Rachel Simon is an award-winning author, renowned public speaker, and sister of a woman with an intellectual disability. She is best known for her critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir Riding the Bus with My Sister, which was adapted for a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie and is a much-beloved selection of book clubs and secondary school reading lists. She lives in Delaware.

General Fields

  • : 9780099558385
  • : Cornerstone
  • : Windmill Books
  • : January 2012
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 22mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rachel Simon
  • : Paperback
  • : 212
  • : 813.54
  • : 368