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  • Judith D Collins

Such A Pretty Girl

By: T. Greenwood

ISBN: 978-1496739322

Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: 10/25.2022

Format: Other

My Rating: TBR


From critically acclaimed author T. Greenwood comes an emotional new novel born of the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, the often flickering line between woman and girl, and the precarious nature of innocence.

Living peacefully in Vermont, Ryan Flannigan is shocked when a text from her oldest friend alerts her to a devastating news item. A controversial photo of her as a pre-teen has been found in the possession of a wealthy investor recently revealed as a pedophile and a sex trafficker—with an inscription to him from Ryan’s mother on the back.

Memories crowd in, providing their own distinctive pictures of her mother Fiona, an aspiring actress, and their move to the West Village in 1976. Amid the city’s gritty kaleidoscope of wealth and poverty, high art, and sleazy strip clubs, Ryan is discovered and thrust into the spotlight as a promising young actress with a woman’s face and a child’s body. Suddenly, the safety and comfort Ryan longs for is replaced by auditions, paparazzi, and the hungry eyes of men of all ages.

Forced to reexamine her childhood, Ryan begins to untangle her young fears and her mother’s ambitions, and the role each played in the fraught blackout summer of 1977. Even with her movie career long behind her, Ryan and Fiona are suddenly the object of uncomfortable speculation—and Fiona demands Ryan’s support. To put the past to rest, Ryan will need to face the painful truth of their relationship, and the night when everything changed.

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“Rarely has a writer rendered such highly charged topics . . . to so wrenching, yet so beautifully understated, an effect . . .”

—The Los Angeles Times

“Rich with vivid details . . . [and] beautifully crafted characters . . . Stayed with me long after turning the last page.”

—Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of In Another Time

About the Author

Photo Credit: Esmee Stewart.

T. Greenwood grew up in rural Vermont. She began writing stories at seven years old and wrote her first "novel" at nine on her dad's electric typewriter.

Since then, she has published thirteen novels. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maryland State Arts Council. She has won three San Diego Book Awards. Five of her novels have been Indie Next picks. BODIES OF WATER was finalist for a Lambda Foundation award. Her thirteenth novel, KEEPING LUCY, was published by St. Martin's Press in August 2019 and was a Target Book Club selection in November 2020. She teaches creative writing for San Diego Writer's Ink and online for The Writer's Center. She and her husband, Patrick, split their time between San Diego, CA and her family's camp on a pond in Vermont. They have two daughters, two dogs, and one very old cat.

She is also a photographer.

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