Talk Funny Girl

A Novel

Merullo, Roland

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Talk Funny Girl
In one of the poorest parts of rural New Hampshire, teenage girls have been disappearing, snatched from back country roads, never to be seen alive again.nbsp; For seventeen-year-old Marjorie Richards, the fear raised by these abductions is the backdrop to what she lives with her own home, every day.nbsp; Marjorie has been raised by parents so intentionally isolated from normal society that they have developed their own dialect, a kind of mountain hybrid of English that displays both their ignorance of and disdain for the wider world.nbsp; Marjorie is tormented by her classmates, who call her "The Talk-funny girl," but as the nearby factory town sinks deeper into economic ruin and as her parents fall more completely under the influence of a sadistic cult leader, her options for escape dwindle.nbsp; But then, thanks to a loving aunt, Marjorie is hired by a man, himself a victim of abuse, who is building what he calls "a cathedral," right in the center of town. nbsp; Day by day, Marjorie's skills as a stoneworker increase, and so too does her intolerance for the bitter rules of her family life.nbsp; Gradually, through exposure to the world beyond her parents' wood cabin thanks to the kindness of her aunt and her boss, and an almost superhuman determination, she discovers what is loveable within herself.nbsp; This newfound confidence and self-esteem ultimately allows her to break free from the bleak life she has known, to find love, to start a family, and to try to heal her old, deep wounds without passing that pain on to her husband and children. nbsp; By turns darkly menacing and bright with love and resilience, The Talk-Funny Girl is the story of one young woman's remarkable courage, a kind of road map for the healing of early abuse, and a testament to the power of kindness and love.nbsp;nbsp;

Publisher: New York : Crown, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0307452921
Characteristics: x, 304 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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Marjorie Richards' parents are so isolated from mainstream society that they speak in their own dialect, which has made Marjorie the victim of bullies at school who call he. the talk-funny girl. In addition, her family is under the sway of a sadistic cult leader who believes in abusive forms of d... Read More »

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Sep 12, 2013
  • beachcat2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book - it absorbed me for two days! So well written; I will recommend it to my friends, and I am requesting another book by this author.

Apr 04, 2013
  • Orangeted rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a story that would resonate with anyone who has lived in an abusive situation in childhood. The guilt to love a parent who isn't so nice and the want to leave but wanting to gain love from the parent she stayed . I think it's always true that because someone loved her , Aunt Elaine she had a chance. Hope you like it as much a s i did

Nov 15, 2011
  • BPLNextBestAdults rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Marjorie is the seventeen-year-old “talk funny” girl whose first-person recollection of her upbringing in a poor rural area of New Hampshire is the basis of this compelling novel. Her parents are completely isolated from the community with their own mountain hybrid dialect that makes Marjorie a subject of teasing at school and abuse at home. Her distrust of adults is well entrenched, learned from the actions of her parents and a sadistic minister, and heightened by the unsolved abductions and murders of several young girls. Only the kindness of an aunt and a young stoneworker, with a dream of building a “real cathedral” out of the debris of an old church, can save her.
This novel is captivating, the suspense low grade but building to an unexpected ending. It is apparent from the opening chapter that Marjorie, with her inspiring resilience, finds her way out of this hopelessness. Having lost her dialect as an adult, she is aptly able to express herself: “I wanted to go back and hunt it down and close the hurt museum for good though I discovered you cannot really do that. What you can do, what you have to do is not pass much of it on.” It is a journey and a moral lesson the reader will remember.


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