- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Counterpoint; Reprint edition (June 30, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582432856
- ISBN-13: 978-1582432854
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,598,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Girl in Parts Paperback – July 8, 2003
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"A gritty, winning tale." -- The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A unique voice.... Honest, plucky, funny and sharp, Dottie is a refreshingly unsentimental and entirely sympathetic young heroine." -- Baltimore Sun
"An accomplishment...reading it is like being stuck inside a pubescent schoolgirl's mind." -- The Seattle Times
"Paul has mastered the voice of a keenly observant, sensitive youth." -- The Portland Oregonian
About the Author
Jasmine Paul has a master's degree in film studies from UCLA. While living and working for several years in Hollywood, she wrote A Girl, In Parts, her first novel. She lives in Spokane, Washington, with her dog, Floyd.
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The only bad part about the book is the ending, only because that means that I have no more to read about Dorothy!
I can't wait for the next book.
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I really can't wait for the next book, and the one after that, and the one after that......
The structure of the novel, 97 self-contained vignettes constituting a wickedly florescent whole, is perhaps one of the greatest achievements of A GIRL, IN PARTS. I felt compelled to read the novel slowly, sometimes one or two vignettes at a time, resisting the urge to consume the book at one go. I did so because each vignette stands so resolutely and independently on its own, inviting the reader to savor the parts like beautifully crafted songs. I even went back and reread a number of the vignettes before continuing on to the next. I wanted to extend the experience of reading the book.
What also makes this novel powerful is Paul's uncanny ability to strip memory of nostalgia and evoke an age in a girl's life with such undaunted honesty. Paul's novel thankfully never romanticizes childhood; it opts instead for creating a time that is necessarily and realistically messy, and definitely more dynamic, true, and breathtaking as a result.
I can't recommend this novel enough. I can't wait for Jasmine Paul to write another.