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Helpless

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Helpless (Book - Barbara Gowdy)

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Barbara Gowdy
publisher:
Metropolitan
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

Barbara Gowdy has long tackled tricky topics — her novel The White Bone, the saga of an African elephant family, was written from the animals’ point of view. In Helpless, her subject is more conventional: Single mom Celia works two jobs to support her 9-year-old daughter, Rachel, whose dazzling blue eyes and ”miraculous chromium yellow” hair attract everyone, including Ron, an appliance repairman. But Ron’s interest tips over into obsession; he stalks her, then snatches the girl from her home. As the story of Rachel’s abduction — and her mother’s frantic search for her — unfolds, Helpless falters as a novel but thrives as a series of wonderful character studies. B

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