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"Smith conveys the impact of this prejudicial hostility on two young women who are struggling to make their way in an intolerant world with a tender and delicate understanding in this nuanced tale of identity and misperception, connection and alienation." - Booklist Online"The Year of Needy Girls is a study in hypocrisy and small-town secrets. Patricia A. Smith's contemporary witch hunt north of Boston is a collision of The Children's Hour and Mystic River." - Stewart O'Nan, author of Songs for the Missing"The Year of Needy Girls is as much about how fear can cloud our perceptions of both self and other as it is about the persistent search for love and home. Patricia A. Smith's vision is at once keen and generous." - Elizabeth Graver, author of The End of the Point"This is one of those compulsively readable novels that keeps you up far too late at night.



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