What a compelling beginning. It just made me want to read more. This was such a great book, but also such as sad book. It deals mainly with three people: two people who try to escape from a mental asylum and the widow who helps them and takes in the woman's baby daughter. The woman can't speak and the man is deaf, but they're not "crazy" or "retarded," like the people running the asylum seem to think. They have feelings and emotions too. All three of the main characters have flashbacks, remembrances of events past. I loved the flowing style of Rachel Simon, and this was such a wonderful book. It made me want to cry at times. It was really a bit too sad. Actually, the deaf man in the story is based upon a real person who was committed to a mental asylum at the age of 15. The book did have a satisfying ending, though.
Read The Story of Beautiful Girl:
- if you enjoy sad stories
- if you are interested in stories about cruel, unjust situations, specifically about mental asylums
- if you're looking for a great emotional novel