A NovelBook - 2010
"Honestly strange and strangely honest. . . . Remarkably compelling and powerful. Weaver's authenticity of characters, situations, and bygone eras emanates from sheer originality of style. This amazing novel is a stellar achievement�gritty, funny, fresh, and bold. It will make your eyes bug out and your pulse race. And how it 'shines', shines with humanity!"�Sena Jeter Naslund, author of  'Ahab's Wife' "Southern Gothic to the core, suffused with a humor as dark as the bottom of aGeorgia well. . . .Weaver has stepped forward for the benefit of anyone who reads American fiction."�Kirby Gann, author of  'Our Napoleon in Rags' "Savagely funny, wildly ambitious. . . . A bawdy, brutal, and beautiful meditation on identity, sex, and mercy. Weaver has a fiercely distinctive vision."�K.L. Cook, author of  'The Girl from Charnelle' "Darkly comic, deeply poignant. . . . Billie Girl is the adventurer through a long, strange trip that is life itself."�Roy Hoffman, authorof  'Chicken Dreaming Corn' Abandoned as in infant because of her incessant crying, Billie Girl is raised by two women who are brothers. Her life, a gender-bending puzzle filled with dark humor, is a series of encounters with strangers who struggle along with what they are given: a bigamist husband, a long-lost daughter named after a car, a lesbian preacher's wife, a platonic second husband who loved her adoptive father. Twin themes of sexuality and euthanasia run throughout. In a journeyfrom hard-dirt Georgia farm toend-of-life nursing home, Billie Girl comes to understand the mercy of killing.
Publisher: Teaticket, Mass. : Leapfrog Press : St. Paul, Minn. : Distributed in the United States by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 238 p. ; 23 cm.