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*** The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

Maude Julien grew up with a crazy father and a bizarrely submissive mother who kept her imprisoned, half-starved, and forced to submit to bizarre forced labor while depriving her of anything that could possibly provide kindness.  The Only Girl in the World tells her story in a strangely detached mode, perhaps the only way to survive such a treatment. Her eventual escape is heart-warming, of course, but I kept wondering about her mother, whose cruelty seems to have grown from her own victimization, as she had been given, and perhaps sold, by her parents to her husband. How can neighbors and outsiders never questioned what was happening in that house?

 

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