Is it important that Judy Lohden, the inimitable heroine of Big Girl Small, is a little person topping out at well under four feet tall? After all, many (perhaps all) other teenage girls have experienced crises of confidence like those Judy undergoes. Judy's periodic disorientation as she attempts to reconcile her own imagined version of her physical appearance with the external realities of her body is also something that will ring true for anyone who recalls adolescent awkwardness. What's more, the horrific event that causes sixteen-year-old Judy's retreat from friends, family, and school life is one that could - and, tragically, does - happen to girls and women of any age, regardless of their stature.
The fact that we can all identify with Judy's doubts and fears, as well as admire her sarcastic narration and her towering singing voice, enables readers to identify with this little ...
About the Author
Rachel DeWoskin spent her twenties in China, writing and acting in a Chinese soap opera. Her memoir of those years, Foreign Babes in Beijing has been published in six countries and is being developed as an HBO television series. Her novel, Repeat After Me, won the Foreward Magazine Book of the Year award. For more information, please visit her bio page.
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