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Product Details

  • Series: LeapLit
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Leapfrog Press (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193524812X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935248125
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,645,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vickie Weaver: Vickie Weaver is a 2006 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her unpublished collection Below the Heart was a semi-finalist in the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction in 2008, and placed in the top ten of The Parthenon Prize 2007. Her short stories have appeared in Timber Creek Review, Roanoke Review, Alligator Juniper, and the anthology Women.Period. Weaver, who attended college in her mid-40s, settled into the writing life after earning an MFA from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She teaches at Indiana University East.


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I could not put the book down and finished it before going to bed the day I bought it.
Annette Collins
All fully formed and well rounded characters, all necessary to propel this story forward, and all with their own stories to tell.
Terry Price
With twists and turns, tragedies and triumphs, Billie Girl's life unfolds in this well written novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert G Yokoyama VINE VOICE on September 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
The novel starts off with an infant named Billie being abandoned by her parents and left in a tree in some where in Georgia. Vickie Weaver establishes that Billie Girl is a character that readers can become emotionally invested in because of her humble beginnings.

This book is a coming of age novel in the beginning. Each character that Vickie Weaver introduces shapes Billie's life in some way. Vickie Weaver does an excellent job in covering the awkward teenage years of Billie's life. Every stage of Billie's life is followed in this book. I love reading about how her sense of compassion for other people is developed in the novel.

Billie learns to appreciate gender differences from the two women who initially raise her for the first few years. She learns the value of hard work from her step father. He is a man named Dove. She learns the value of friendship from a person named Eddie. I love reading how Billie's friendship with Eddie blossoms into love. Every other character that Weaver introduces makes Billie's life richer and more complete. Vickie Weaver's purpose in writing this book is to show people how to value the relationships in their life. The fictional character of Billie Girl serves as a reminder that anyone can create a rich full life for themselves no matter how humble their life begins.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Austen on September 7, 2010
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Billie Girl captured my heart on the first page of this beautiful book and still hasn't let go. She began life as an abandoned child cared for and passed on to strangers who became her created family and ends it alone save for the love of one person whose compassion spares the end she fears most. Vickie Weaver is a born storyteller; once I began reading I could not put Billie down. She became a real person to me, a dear friend who I surely miss already. Beautiful language abounds inside this book and my copy has many dog-eared pages to mark the passages I will refer to again. I look forward to reading more from this very talented author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By goldenbill25 on January 28, 2011
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The one thing that really stands out about Billie Girl is the excellent way Ms. Weaver landscapes the scene in your mind. It is very easy to imagine yourself back in the turn of the century timeframe right there along side Billie Girl. I found myself trying to cheer her on through all of the trials that she always seemed to be facing. She lives in an imperfect world like our own but she always uses the hand she is dealt to her advantage. Ms. Weaver has a variety of characters throughout the book. Each one is special and some only visit briefly. The characters can be related to and you also feel their circumstances. If you enjoy reading a down to earth, real life story, then Billie Girl is the book for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Cloyce Smith on January 15, 2011
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One part Flannery O'Connor, two parts Kaye Gibbons (and I mean that in a good way), Vickie Weaver in her debut novel already has the Southern Gothic thing down pat. Like O'Connor, her plot tends to the macabre and bizarre; like Gibbons, she writes in a clear, personable prose. Infused with the darkest of humors, "Billie Girl" is the improbable journey of an improbably liberated woman born at the beginning of the twentieth century; found swinging in a sling from a roadside tree, she is sold to two secretive women--who themselves have assumed improbable disguises. That Weaver somehow makes this all (mostly) believable and absorbing is a marvel in itself.

We follow Billie through eight decades, from one episodic adventure to the next, each scene imagined with impressionistic subtlety, a disarmingly wry humor, and a folksy fascination for bodily concerns. Various characters parade through Billie's life; her adoptive mothers leave the stage early on, followed by a succession of lovers, friends, and children, and she finds (or creates) family in the most unlikely acquaintances and, in spite of her oft-voiced reluctance to marry, she sometimes even finds love--usually in the wrong places. "I'd have been lost without my new family," she confesses after falling in with one household. "They made room for me in the house and in their lives."

There are so many families in Billie's life, in fact, that there are moments when the new lovers or friends become hard to track. The book is somewhat short for what occasionally resembles a multigenerational saga, and a few of Billie's companions blur as mere sketches.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 7, 2010
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The cruelty of people can lead to an unusual set of circumstances. "Billie Girl" tells the story of an abandoned girl in the first half of the twentieth century. Raised by two women with secrets of their own, Billie's life is filled with conflict and confusion, as she comes into her own sexuality and the endless debate to whether life truly worth living. "Billie Girl" is a thought provoking and dark novel with its own unique sense of humor, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. I. Wells on September 6, 2010
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This is an exquisitely crafted debut novel. Though Weaver's style is most certainly her own, there are those shades of Flannery O'Connor, Alice Walker and Fanny Flagg's 'Fried Green Tomatoes' throughout. For despite a dark and devastating sensibility that snakes through this astonishing, poignant story, there is much humor that thankfully lends the necessary respite for so powerful a tale. 'Billie Girl' is about life and death, and about owning fully what you are handed by a fate that is not always kind. It is about finding family where you may least expect it and embracing it without apology but ultimately - it is about living and dying in this senseless world with dignity. Billie Girl's strange and wild ride through the first half of the twentieth century tells us rather poetically we must take what we can from life, if it is given to us, and that we can learn to make do without the rest. Vicki Weaver deserves to have earned her MFA to be sure - but this is raw, fierce talent that one is born with, that cannot be learned.
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