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The Revolution of Little Girls

The ’60s are killing Ellen Burns. The young narrator of Boyd’s sly, uninhibited novel The Revolution of Little Girls, lives in Charleston, S.C., where we find her grappling with an outsize case of sexual disorientation and general adolescent angst. Her life is shaping up as one long experiment: ”The next time I talked with Hutch…I was tripping on mescaline at my mother’s Christmas party. I was divorced and had recently proclaimed myself a lesbian revolutionary in a twenty-four page letter to my mother, who was not happy with this news.” Although the novel wanders a bit and Boyd can’t quite get Ellen the Radical to make peace with Ellen the Southerner, she and her heroine both give it a shot. B+

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