The Story of Beautiful Girl

The Story of Beautiful Girl - Rachel Simon In the late 1960’s, before much was understood about emotional and physical handicaps and the difference they have to developmental handicaps our main character Lynnie was committed to a School for the Incurable and Feebleminded. It was not much of a school! Horrible things happened there but some good things too. Lynnie met Homan, an African-American deaf man. One stormy night Lynnie and Homan know they must try to escape, for the sake of Lynnie’s unborn child. The child no one at the “school” knows she is carrying. As they are on the run Lynnie has a baby girl. Just before the authorities close in they find refuge in the home of a retired school teacher. Although Lynnie is taken back, Homan escapes capture and the baby is left behind with the whispered words “hide her”.

The book takes us through 40 years of change in society, in care for the developmentally disabled and the closure of institutions like the “School”. Yet for all this time four people never stop believing in each other and searching for each other. This is a sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hard to read and often, heartwarming story that is an absolute pleasure to read. It is a story that you won’t soon forget.

The Story of Beautiful Girl is a beautiful book.