As a blizzard bears down on northern Michigan, Percy James sets off to find her troubled mother, Carletta. Fearing Carletta is strung out on meth and that she won't survive the storm, Percy heads for Shelton Potter's cabin, deep in the woods. But when Percy arrives, there is no sign of Carletta. Searching the house, she finds Shelton and his girlfriend drugged into oblivion-- and a crying baby girl left alone. Percy rescues the baby and seeks help from Portis Dale, who is the closest thing she's ever had to a father. Sweetgirl is an affecting exploration of courage, sacrifice, and the ties that bind-- a taut and darkly humorous tour-de-force that is horrifying, tender, and hopeful.
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"Mulhauser's debut novel is gritty and suspenseful yet overflowing with heart, hope, and humor. Narrator Cassandra Morris is extraordinary as the voice of 16-year-old Percy James, a young woman who is committed to her dysfunctional family yet resourceful and mature enough to rise above them. Mulhauser also gives unique voices to the characters who interact with Percy. Macleod Andrews has a different challenge as he narrates alternating chapters that tell the story from the perspective of Shelton Potter, a lowlife drug dealer who uses more product than he sells. Somehow Andrews manages to speak Shelton's thoughts intimately while keeping the distance of the third-person voice, an approach that shines a light on Shelton's drug-addled thought processes. A tour de force. N.E.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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