SUCH A PRETTY FACE
In her funny and poignant novel, Lamb explores one woman’s search for love, family and acceptance with the help of a quirky supporting cast. The story moves quickly for the most part, and is only periodically bogged down by descriptive passages and tangential characters.
After losing 170 pounds, Stevie Barrett is half the woman she used to be. She’s just not sure who that woman is. To create a new Stevie, she must face her past, which includes the deaths of her mentally ill mother and sister. With the help of friends and her beloved cousins, she finds the courage to date her hunky neighbor, become an artist and roller derby babe and most importantly, to stand up to her uncle, who grudgingly took her in when she was orphaned. She changes not only herself but also everyone around her. (KENSINGTON, Aug., 352 pp., $15.00)