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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date July 26, 2005
Pages 242
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780743271820
ISBN-10 0743271823
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.85 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $23.00
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
Struggling with her divorce and an alcoholic mother while working at a Long Beach baby store, former child pageant contender Diana McBride works to overcome her OCD symptoms and becomes involved with a pregnant teen who wants to give her baby up for adoption. By the Pushcart Prize-winning author of Tell Me. A first novel. 40,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The lives of three characters -- an obsessive-compulsive, a pregnant teenager, and the teen's unborn child -- come together in National Book Award finalist and Pushcart Prize winner Kim Addonizio's unsparingly funny and transcendent debut novel.

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.

With a poet's ear for fresh, evocative language and a deft humor that exposes her characters' foibles, Addonizio perfectly captures the messiness and unexpected beauty of life.

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9780743271820 | details & prices | 242 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $23.00
About: Struggling with her divorce and an alcoholic mother while working at a Long Beach baby store, former child pageant contender Diana McBride becomes involved with a pregnant teen who wants to give her baby up for adoption.

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