True Confessions of a Heartless Girl (Hardcover)

By Martha Brooks

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374378066, 192pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2003



“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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For True Confessions of a Heartless Girl

"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