Big Girl Small

A Novel

Rachel DeWoskin


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Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old, with a voice that can shake an auditorium. She should be the star of Darcy Arts Academy, so why is she hiding in a seedy motel room? Perhaps it has something to do with a devastating scandal---and the fact that Judy is three feet nine inches tall. Big Girl Small is a scathingly funny book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and profound.

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  1When people make you feel small, it means they shrink you down close to nothing, diminish you, make you feel like shit. In fact, small and shit are like equivalent words in English. It makes sense, in a way. Not that small and shit are the same, I mean, but that Americans might think that. Take The Wizard of Oz, for example, an American classic everyone loves more than anything even though there’s a whole “Munchkinland” of embarrassed people, half of them dressed in pink rompers and licking lollipops even though they’re thirty years old.

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"Wonderfully engaging…captures the way adolescence renders one’s own identity somehow unknowable, perhaps because ‘we contain various versions of ourselves,’ and high school is the time of maximum pressure to choose just one."---The Boston Globe

"Amusing, hypnotic...Like a contemporary version of The Wizard of Oz or its coming-of-age antecedent, Alice in Wonderland, Judy’s experiences of adolescence are exhilarating, terrifying, and almost uniformly surreal."---Time Out (New York)

"Compelling...Big Girl Small brings back high school in raw, oozing detail, like a psychic skinned knee."---Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air

"A fine novel…The desire to find out precisely what [happened to Judy] will keep you reading as fast as you can."---The Dallas Morning News

"The most engaging novel I’ve read in many years…It’s sad, funny, quirkily suspenseful, and---most of all---beautiful. I can’t imagine a more satisfying read….A book for everyone."---Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and More Than It Hurts You

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Fiction Review: Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $25 (304p) ISBN 978-0-374-11257-8
DeWoskin's daring third book (and second novel after Repeat After Me) takes on sexual politics, physical beauty, pity, and violence, and succeeds in giving readers a nuanced and provocative treatment
- Publishers Weekly

BIG GIRL SMALL by Rachel Dewoskin | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of BIG GIRL SMALL. DeWoskin (<em>Repeat After Me<em>, 2009, etc.) combines two reality-TV staples--teenage sex scandals and little people--in this story about a gifted high-school junior whose struggle to fit in is compounded by her height (3'9").
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Rachel DeWoskin

Rachel DeWoskin is the author of Foreign Babes in Beijing, a memoir about her inadvertent notoriety as the star of a Chinese soap opera, and a novel, Repeat After Me. She lives in New York City and Beijing and is at work on her fourth book, Statutory.

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Big Girl Small
A Novel
Rachel DeWoskin


ALA Alex Awards Winner (Adult for Young Adults)

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
July 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250002532
ISBN10: 1250002532
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429966603
ISBN10: 1429966602
304 pages

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