Living Doll, Jane Bradley
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Jane Bradley

Living Doll

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Little Shirley lives in a bewildering home inhabited by her mother, her sister, a younger brother, relatives, a number of "Daddies" and an assortment of people who pass through her house. Retreating from this world of exploitation and pain, she pretends that she is a living doll, a perfect Shirley Temple. She carefully constructs an inner life of Barbie dolls, pet cemeteries, and a constant winning smile. But as the years progress, Shirley yearns for a better and different world, and with courage and determination begins to take the first unsettling and painful steps that lead to a re-invention of herself.
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