Big Girl Small
By Rachel DeWoskin
(Picador, Paperback, 9781250002532, 304pp.)
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
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Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old, with a voice that can shake an auditorium. She should be the star of Darcy Arts Academy, so why is she hiding in a seedy motel room? Perhaps it has something to do with a devastating scandal---and the fact that Judy is three feet nine inches tall. Big Girl Small is a scathingly funny book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and profound.
Rachel DeWoskin is the author of Foreign Babes in Beijing, a memoir about her inadvertent notoriety as the star of a Chinese soap opera, and a novel, Repeat After Me. She lives in New York City and Beijing and is at work on her fourth book, Statutory.
Wonderfully engaging…captures the way adolescence renders one's own identity somehow unknowable, perhaps because 'we contain various versions of ourselves,' and high school is the time of maximum pressure to choose just one.
Amusing, hypnotic...Like a contemporary version of The Wizard of Oz or its coming-of-age antecedent, Alice in Wonderland, Judy's experiences of adolescence are exhilarating, terrifying, and almost uniformly surreal.
Compelling...Big Girl Small brings back high school in raw, oozing detail, like a psychic skinned knee.
A fine novel…The desire to find out precisely what [happened to Judy] will keep you reading as fast as you can.
The most engaging novel I've read in many years…It's sad, funny, quirkily suspenseful, and---most of all---beautiful. I can't imagine a more satisfying read….A book for everyone."