True Confessions of a Heartless Girl

Description

212 pages
$12.95
ISBN 0-88899-476-1
DDC jC813'.54

Publisher

Year

2002

Contributor

Reviewed by Laura M. Robinson

Laura M. Robinson is assistant professor of English, specializing in
children’s literature, at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario.

Review

Martha Brooks’ finely-wrought narrative that weaves in and out of the
various characters’ perspectives is heart-wrenching and profound. Into
a small community where despair seems to be the only emotion, enters a
seventeen-year-old pregnant woman, Noreen, running from her boyfriend
Wesley. She is taken in by Lynda, only to cause one mishap after
another—a sick dog, a caved-in wall, a fire. Out of this destruction,
however, grows community spirit, connection, and love. Overworked single
mother Lynda finally connects with Del, whose brother drowned after a
nasty fight with him years before. Elderly Mary finally confesses to her
best friend, Dolores, that she had had a stroke. Noreen reconciles with
first with her sister and then with Wesley. This novel is about the
redemptive power of love, but not in a clichéd, hackneyed way. Brooks
keeps it fresh through the third person limited narration that moves
from character to character, ultimately emphasizing a multiplicity of
voices and perspectives. This is a complex book that plunges the reader
into the anguish of life to emerge breathless with hope and optimism.
Highly recommended.

Citation

Brooks, Martha., “True Confessions of a Heartless Girl,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 13, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/22418.