Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You - Mannequin Girl; Ellen Litman
trying to prioritize my lengthy list of new books coming out in 2014, I
decided to try a new feature on my blog. I'm hoping this idea will
hopefully serve a few purposes: keep me focused on books I'd like to
read, give a little PR to the authors (especially new authors) who
worked so hard getting published, and to let other readers know about
books that will be hitting the book stores soon (within the next 90
Here's my "Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You" pick for today --
A heartfelt and deftly told coming-of-age story, Mannequin Girl captures the bleakness of Soviet Russia and the hopeful turmoil of adolescence. "A perfect little figure," he says. "Our mannequin girl." She knows who mannequin girls are. They are in her grandmother's Working Woman magazines, modeling flouncy dresses and berets. "Bend," he tells her, and she does, so pliant, so obedient."
up in Soviet Russia, Kat Knopman worships her parents, temperamental
Anechka and soft-hearted, absent-minded Misha. Young Jewish
intellectuals, they teach literature at a Moscow school, run a drama
club, and dabble in political radicalism. Kat sees herself as their heir
and ally. But when she's diagnosed with rapidly-progressing scoliosis,
the trajectory of her life changes and she finds herself at a different
institution—a school-sanatorium for children with spinal ailments.
Confined to a brace, surrounded by unsympathetic peers, Kat embarks on a
quest to prove that she can be as exceptional as her parents: a beauty,
an intellect, and free spirit despite her physical limitations, her
Jewishness, and her suspicion that her beloved parents are in fact
flawed. Can a girl with a crooked spine really be a mannequin girl, her
parents’ pride and her doctors’ and teachers’ glory? Or will she prove
to be something far more ordinary—and, thereby, more her own? An
unforgettable heroine, Kat will have to find the courage to face the
world and break free not only of her metal brace but of all the
constraints that bind her.
Does this sound like a book you might add to your wish list?