The Naming of Girl by Rhonda G. Williams

You’ve met Scout Finch, Ellen Foster, and Ruth Anne Boatwright (Bone): Now meet Girl Brown, the spunkiest nine-year-old in all the South. Girl lives with Tracie, her guardian, who smokes so much pot she “can’t remember a thing,” and Antoe, who is “big like a grown-up” only he is Girl’s best (and only) friend and…

You’ve met Scout Finch, Ellen Foster, and Ruth Anne Boatwright (Bone): Now meet Girl Brown, the spunkiest nine-year-old in all the South. Girl lives with Tracie, her guardian, who smokes so much pot she “can’t remember a thing,” and Antoe, who is “big like a grown-up” only he is Girl’s best (and only) friend and playmate. She spends most of her time taking care of Antoe and making sure they both keep out of Chuck’s way. Chuck is Tracie’s disabled Vietnam vet boyfriend who is fighting his own demons with too much whiskey and too much heroin and he hates what he calls “sassy-mouthed” kids. And Girl is the sassiest of them all with a mouth like a sailor on leave, and fingers so sticky she can clean out the local Woolworth store in a heartbeat. Life begins to spiral out of control when she finds a friend in the only African-American girl in her class, Cerese Miller, and begins to spend time with the Millers against Chuck’s demands. Things take an even grimmer turn when Chuck is thrown in jail for beating up Cerese’s older brother, Brady, and Antoe is mysteriously sent away. Girl sets off on a journey to find Antoe that leads her to some unexpected allies in a monastery of Carmelite friars, and from Brother Joseph, she is able to piece together the heartbreaking truth about her parents. After Brother Joseph takes Girl back home, there is an unexpected death that she may or may not have had something to do with, and Brother Joseph offers Girl the opportunity for a different life. The Naming of Girl is a page turner of a first novel with a group of the most unforgettable characters you will ever meet.
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“Unforgettable Tale from the Dirty South”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Grace Grits Gardening

This is an unforgettable story about a nine-young-old girl named Girl. She’s fierce, a scrapper, a child of the dirty south who will worm her way into your heart before the end of the first chapter. Girl has a rough life, one that will make you cringe at the abuse and laugh out loud at her misadventures. By the end of the story, you will cheer her on. Hellshitdamn! There’s language so if you are easily offended, be prepared. Didn’t bother me, cause I came from the dirty south myself. Put this on your summer reading list but expect to finish it by sundown.

About the Author

Hi everyone!
I live in south Arkansas where I’m an online composition instructor. I have an ever growing menagerie of rescued animals and want to add a miniature horse or donkey to the mix! When I’m not writing or taking care of the animals, I love to take road-trips in Daisy, my bright yellow Fiat.
“The Naming of Girl” is my debut novel, with another one in the works.

“The Naming of Girl” is a coming-of-age tale about family, loss of innocence, and surviving. And not just surviving, but having fun while doing so!

I have a few signings lined up for this summer, so if you’re in the area, come see me!

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