FICTION

The Girls We Sent Away

Sourcebooks Landmark Mar. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781728257181. pap. $16.99. F
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It’s the mid-1960s, and Lorraine Delford has just turned 17. Not one to sit back and let life happen, Lorraine is a go-getter who likes to be first. She’s first in her class and hopes to become the first woman valedictorian at her high school. She’s also the first woman to lifeguard at the local pool. But it’s a different first that will forever change her life, after a pregnant Lorraine is rejected by her boyfriend and scorned by her parents, who pull her out of school and send her to a maternity home. The residence is not the salvation she’s expecting, and its promise to provide residents with the opportunity to get back to their normal lives rings hollow. As her stomach grows, so does Lorraine’s determination to keep the baby she’s come to love, and she decides to fight for what is rightfully hers.
VERDICT In this engaging, shocking, heart-wrenching story, readers are pulled along with Lorraine through the ups and downs of her pregnancy, optimistic for her future but saddened by its likely outcome. Fans of Church’s The Last Carolina Girl will be clamoring to read this one.
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