A Girl With A Bad Reputation by Dave Gioia

By Dave Gioia

Fourteen-year-old Colleen Hanrahan is familiar with what boys wish and is prepared to provide it to them — on her personal phrases. An clever and proud younger girl, Colleen attempts to stay above her undesirable attractiveness and tells herself it doesn’t subject what folks take into consideration her promiscuous habit, so long as her father — a profitable, bullying felony protection lawyer and controlling, bad-tempered alcoholic — doesn’t pay attention approximately it. she will be able to expect her mom — a kin legislation lawyer with whom she stocks a mystery — to return to her security, if wanted. Born and raised in Newburgh, big apple, Colleen is pleased with her birthplace and its old value. She’s involved, although, concerning the altering complexion of the city’s citizens and the “white flight” and ensuing deterioration of downtown the coming of negative blacks from the South is inflicting. most annoying to her is the racism that has emerged within the white group, from which her mom and dad and her father specifically will not be immune. Feeling owned by way of her father the best way blacks within the state have been as soon as owned as slaves, she identifies with the Civil Rights flow and starts pondering that changing into a legal professional and, possibly, a political candidate and combating for all oppressed people’s civil rights will be a necessary factor to do. Set within the mid to past due Nineteen Sixties, Colleen’s tale unfolds opposed to the backdrop of 1 of the main pivotal and turbulent instances in American heritage. The occasions of the last decade have a profound impact on her, as do the numerous humans she meets on her trip to young-adulthood.

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