Little Beauties: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 2, 2005 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Diana McBride, a thirty-four-year-old former child pageant contender, now works in a baby store in Long Beach. Between dealing with a catastrophic haircut, the failure of her marriage, and phone calls from her alcoholic mother, Diana has gone off her OCD medication and is trying to cope via washing and cleaning rituals. When pregnant teenager Jamie Ramirez enters the store, Diana's already chaotic world is sent spinning.
Jamie can't stand being pregnant. She can't wait to get on with her normal life and give the baby up for adoption. But her yet-to-be-born daughter, Stella, has a fierce will and a destiny to fulfill. And as the magical plot of Little Beauties unfolds, these three characters' lives become linked in ever more surprising ways.

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Great writing and a fun read. - Goodreads
The writing seemed subpar for a novel. - Goodreads
The ending came too quickly, though, I wanted more! - Goodreads
Interesting premise but ultimately left me unsatisfied. - Goodreads
author has great/funny way of writing - Goodreads
Addonizio has has a pretty colorful way of writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - AlisonLea - LibraryThing

Compelling, touching, very engaging. A quick read, told from the standpoint of three women--an OCD sufferer, a single mom-to-be, and her unborn fetus. Addonizo is one of my favorite contemporary poets, and this novel shares her unique perspective and use of vivid language. Read full review

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User Review  - Amanda Valencia - Goodreads

It was one of those books that irritated me but couldn't stop reading...I love the idea of this book there were just a few things that I could have done without but all in all it was a good read :) Read full review

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Kim Addonizio is the author of several acclaimed poetry collections, including What Is This Thing Called Love and Tell Me, which was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award. Her poetry and fiction have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies, including The Paris Review, Microfiction, Narrative, The Mississippi Review, and others. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two NEA grants, Addonizio lives in Oakland, California.

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