True Confessions of a Heartless Girl
By Martha Brooks
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374378066, 192pp.)
Publication Date: March 2003
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“A quietly astonishing work of art.” – Starred, Quill & Quire
In the midst of a heaven-rattling summer storm a young stranger blows into a small prairie town. On the run after taking her latest boyfriend’s truck, with a pocketful of stolen money and a heart full of pain, seventeen-year-old Noreen Stall seems to invite trouble. And trouble comes soon enough as Noreen’s new mistakes trigger calamities that shake the lives of the residents of Pembina Lake: Lynda Bradley, a divorced mother and owner of a failing café who’s given up on life and love; Dolores Harper, the village elder who, in spite of her signature sweatshirt that says MEDDLING FOR JESUS, has lost her enthusiasm for helping others; and Del Armstrong, a middle-aged bachelor farmer who is still paying for the tragic events of his own seventeenth summer.
Set against the vast skies of a prairie landscape, with a rich cast of unforgettable characters and an unlikely heroine as endearing as she is tough, this affecting novel reminds readers that it’s never too late for forgiveness – and that sometimes the most unlikely messenger can deliver a small miracle.
Martha Brooks is the author of six highly acclaimed young adult books, including Traveling On into the Light and Other Stories, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a Hungry Mind Review Children’s Book of Distinction. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada.
"This beautifully written story explores the effect of a stranger on a small town. [Brooks] shares her vision of the richness of ordinary life in all its pain and glory." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews