The Girl Who Slept With God

The Girl Who Slept With God

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"Set in Arco, Idaho, in 1970, Val Brelinski's powerfully affecting first novel tells the story of three sisters: young Frances, gregarious and strong-willed Jory, and moral-minded Grace. Their father, Oren, is a respected member of the community and science professor at the local college. Yet their mother's depression and Grace's religious fervor threaten the seemingly perfect family, whose world is upended when Grace returns from a missionary trip to Mexico and discovers she's pregnant with--she believes--the child of God. Distraught, Oren sends Jory and Grace to an isolated home at the edge of the town. There, they prepare for the much-awaited arrival of the baby while building a makeshift family that includes an elderly eccentric neighbor and a tattooed social outcast who drives an ice cream truck" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780525427421
0525427422
Branch Call Number: BRELINSKI
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 24 cm

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abcDena
Jan 01, 2018

What a confusing read...there's something deeply disordered about this story. This family is so weird, but not religious enough for that to be the explanation. It's just never explained. And I'm getting close to the resolution, but am really uncomfortable with it, because it looks like something else to me...don't wanna spoil the read for anyone else, but I'm glad this book is over. Gripping to read, even though for most of the time, I had a look on my face while reading like "What the HECK IS THIS ABOUT?"

**SPOILERS BELOW: DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU PLAN TO READ THIS BOOK**

**SPOILERS BELOW: DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU PLAN TO READ THIS BOOK**

**SPOILERS BELOW: DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU PLAN TO READ THIS BOOK**

**SPOILERS BELOW: DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU PLAN TO READ THIS BOOK**

**SPOILERS BELOW: DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU PLAN TO READ THIS BOOK**

**SPOILERS BELOW: DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU PLAN TO READ THIS BOOK**

My final thought is that although the authorities claim to have located the simple man who may (or may not have) raped Grace, I think that her zealous religious fervour -- which is clear to readers BEFORE she goes on the mission to Mexico -- is possibly a symptom of the relationship I suspect she had with her father. There wasn't much in the story to indicate her father had sex with her, except for a couple of comments made by Jory, but my feelers were up in the first 50 pages when the dad wouldn't allow anyone else to go to the airport to collect Grace once she returned from her trip to Mexico. My feelers ALSO WENT UP when Jory and Frances first engaged with Grip, when he was driving the ice cream truck. That whole scene where they get in his truck and go to the lake is unsettling. Just weird. A family that close? Her sisters didn't push to go along for the ride? The mother stayed holed up in her room? No reason is ever given for the mother's depression, which comes off as some silent hysterical protest to some condition in the home you know is there, but is never discussed. Ugh. Just a weird book.

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FVReader
Nov 18, 2017

First the good: This is an easy reading story with a likeable character. There's enough mystery about events & tension to keep one reading. The story is so bizarre that one wants to read to the end to see how this situation is resolved.
Now for the bad: This is a YA book in hiding. The scenes and dialogues are Jr. High and are mundane, boring and nothing to do with the larger storyline. There's a lot of "cool kid", clothing and boy talk throughout.
This family is outrageously bizarre. What is wrong with these parents?!!!! Their actions are at odds and their reasoning is non-existent. None of the parameters of this story make sense in any way. Who sends 2 daughters (one of them 13 years old) to live in exile by themselves, expects them to live "normal" lives, not talk with anyone, and stay safe?
The ending is unsatisfactory and disturbing in many ways.

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