Sweetgirl With the heart daring and evocative atmosphere of Winter s Bone and True Grit and driven by the raw whip smart voice of Percy James a blistering debut about a fearless sixteen year old girl whose

  • Title: Sweetgirl
  • Author: Travis Mulhauser
  • ISBN: 9780062400833
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
  • With the heart, daring, and evocative atmosphere of Winter s Bone and True Grit, and driven by the raw, whip smart voice of Percy James, a blistering debut about a fearless sixteen year old girl whose search for her missing mother leads to an unexpected discovery, and a life or death struggle in the harsh frozen landscape of the Upper Midwest.As a blizzard bears down, PercWith the heart, daring, and evocative atmosphere of Winter s Bone and True Grit, and driven by the raw, whip smart voice of Percy James, a blistering debut about a fearless sixteen year old girl whose search for her missing mother leads to an unexpected discovery, and a life or death struggle in the harsh frozen landscape of the Upper Midwest.As a blizzard bears down, Percy James sets off to find her troubled mother, Carletta For years, Percy has had to take care of herself and Mama a woman who s been unraveling for as long as her daughter can remember 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 of Northern Michigan A two bit criminal, as incompetent as he his violent, Shelton has been smoking his own cook and grieving the death of his beloved Labrador, Old Bo.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 in a freezing room upstairs From the moment the baby wraps a tiny hand around her finger, Percy knows she must save her a split second decision that is the beginning of a dangerous odyssey in which she must battle the elements and evade Shelton and a small band of desperate criminals, hell bent on getting that baby back.Knowing she and the child cannot make it alone, Percy seeks help from Carletta s ex, Portis Dale, who is the closest thing she s ever had to a father As the storm breaks and violence erupts, Percy will be forced to confront the haunting nature of her mother s affliction and finds her own fate tied and inextricably to the baby she is determined to save.Filled with the sweeping sense of cultural and geographic isolation of its setting the hills of fictional Cutler County in northern Michigan and told in Percy s unflinching style, 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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    1. I could see the baby was shrieking, but its cries were buried by the wind. The snow blew in sideways, edged across the floor and dusted the baby’s cheeks with frost. The baby’s eyes darted in a side-to-side panic as it reached up with trembling hands and searched for something to grasp. I ran toward it. 16 year old Percy James had gone looking for her missing mother, yet again, and both hoped and feared she might find her at the home of Shelton Potter, local source for substances of the ille [...]

    2. this was pitched to me (by greg) as "a funny Winter's Bone."and that's a very good description, although "funny" is relative, and it's more "funny used to offset otherwise horrible things" and "funny compared to other grit lit." but considering the plot of the story, it's amazing there's anything funny about it at all: a sixteen-year-old girl named percy james enters a known meth house looking for her relapsed mother carletta. she does not find her but she does find a dead dog, a live cat, two p [...]

    3. The first thing I noticed about this book was how wonderfully it was written, the words and the plot just flowed aimlessly. Nothing was forced, it was all as natural as a story being told to one person by another. Another thing was the location, grit lit in Northern Michigan. Love it! The characters, Percy and Portis are both very memorable characters. Percy, sixteen years old with way to much responsibility for one so young, trying to take care of her mother who is hooked on drugs and alcohol. [...]

    4. Sixteen year old Percy's mama is on the meth again. She has taken off and Percy heads over to the local drug dealer's house to try and find her mama to drag her home again.When she gets there her mama Carletta isn't therebut the local drug dealer Shelton and his girlfriend are zonked out in the house. Then she goes upstairs and finds a baby. During a snowstorm. With the windows open and snow filling her crib.Percy takes the baby. After figuring out what the smell of death was in the house. Yuk.S [...]

    5. Edit: 13 Apr 2017 - Kindle $1.99 TodayPercy James, 16, lives in the hills of Cutler County, Michigan. She’s accustomed to her mother going missing, but with a blizzard on the horizon, she’s afraid of where she is, whom she’s with and most of all, if she’s passed out somewhere. That’s the trouble with Carletta, she’s trouble, troubled, and troubling. Figuring Carletta might be at Shelton Potter’s cabin, she heads over to his place. Shelton and his girlfriend are passed out cold down [...]

    6. I really liked this book, another one set in Michigan, where I live. Very atmospheric novel that kept me completely engaged as I seemed to be on the cold snowy journey to safety along with two of the main characters and an infant taken from a drug house. So much crazy stuff happens along the way!! IJust have to say I LOVED Portis!!!!

    7. It's a dark story in so many ways but there's one light that shines amidst the darkness and the drugs and death and that light is Percy James . It's a powerful, riveting story that had me from the first page and sixteen year old Percy James became a favorite character for me almost immediately. It's been a tough life with her alcohol and drug addicted mother Carletta, but she loves her mother and needs to find her . In her search, she finds a neglected baby that she is determined to save . But i [...]

    8. A fearless sixteen-year-old girl whose search for her missing mother leads to an unexpected discovery and a life-and-death struggle in the harsh frozen landscape of the upper MidwestA heartfelt and sincere book, beautiful. Between tender and tough. Percy, the 16-year young heroine, she touched my heart.In a way this story reminds you of the brave 14-year old Mattie Ross, of True Grit (just read this). Sort of a modern version story of persistence, fighting spirit and stamina. A dark but hopeful [...]

    9. 4.75★"I was a foot from the shotgun now and knew I could reach it in time if he lunged. I believed I could turn it on him and squeeze the trigger, too—that I would be able to shoot him down right there in the room if he changed his mind.”Yep, you and me both Percy. It’s true. This kind of story can bring out the worst in the reader. Go on Shelton, keep on inhaling that nitrous until you don’t ever wake up. See? And you thought I was such I nice woman who likes to drink wine and use smi [...]

    10. The existential ramblings between a meth head named Shelton and some stoned guy driving to his gig as a Roy Orbison impersonator shot this little story up to a four star rating and held it there. The meth head, a brutal dealer who loves his girlfriend, her baby, and his dead dog sucks nitrous oxide repeatedly from little party balloons and leaves their bright carcasses strewn about his Chevy pick-up like confetti after the carnival has left town.Shelton later converses with a colleague about how [...]

    11. I really enjoyed this excellent debut novel by Travis Mulhauser. Think of it as "Winter's Bone" light - a teen-aged girl heads off in a Northern Michigan blizzard into the backwoods to hunt down her meth-addicted mother. Her journey and the characters she encounters along the way make this one truly special. I devoured this is less than a day.Highly recommend.

    12. They were tears of grief, but somehow the hurt was clean and not polluted for once with his own shame and guilt.I adored the writing in Sweetgirl, it was gritty, sweet, funny and dreamlike all at the same time. I've tried thinking what I can compare it to, but absolutely nothing comes to mind. I can find no fault with this novel at all, the characters will break your heart. The author has the amazing ability to show that even "bad" people have good intentions and thoughts, and that we should not [...]

    13. I thought this well-written, rural-noir thriller was really terrific. I had never heard of the author before, but I would be happy to read what he writes next. Set in northern Michigan during a blizzard, the book is alternately exciting, touching, funny, sad and tragic and would make a really good movie. Fifteen year old Percy goes to find her drug addict mother in a meth house, and instead finds Shelton (the drug dealer's nephew) and Shelton's girlfriend Kayla, who are both passed out in a drug [...]

    14. 4.5 This was excellent! If you liked Winter's Bone you will like this book. I look forward to more by this author.

    15. EeehhhhhhThis was ok.I mean, I didn't hate it.I also didn't like it overly well.I've come to the conclusion I like my gritty lit aimed toward adults, not at youths*.There's also the possibility that this came across poorly in the audio format. I was not a fan of either reader (one for Percy and one for Shelton) and, also, I'm not sure this was meant to be read aloud. It just doesn't lend itself to a verbal telling, what with all the dialog being made of "She said" and "He said" and such. That ge [...]

    16. Travis Mulhauser's "Sweetgirl" is a beautiful, gritty story in which the characters are just as relentless and powerful as the landscape their story takes place in -- a landscape that turns out to be a central character, in and of itself. Percy is a fascinating and beautiful character whose strength was extraordinary. I was blown away by how deeply I found myself immersed in her and Jenna's story. I could not stop reading -- I had to know what was in the next chapter, on the next page, in the ne [...]

    17. 4.5 and I loved this book.This is the story of Percy, a teenage girl far beyond her years in maturity who seems to always be taking care of the house and her mama, Carletta. Carletta is hooked on alcohol, meth and anything else she can get her hands on. With Carletta gone for several days and a fast approaching blizzard, Percy wants to find her mother and get her to a safe place. So, Percy heads to the house of the local meth dealer, Shelton Potter, to see if Carletta has crashed there. What she [...]

    18. A whirlwind plot, a likeable protagonist searching for a better way and a slew of lost causes makes this a book that's hard to put down. Parts remind me of Winter's Bone and American Rust. Great debut novel that's got some extreme grit. A lot happens in 24-36 hours, to say the least.

    19. Percy James is used to her mother disappearing, but something unspoken urges her to go off in search for her, despite the approaching blizzard. Shelton Potter is the maker and dealer of the local methamphetamine trade and his house is her first stop. She doesn’t find her mother but she does find a baby, laying in front of an open window as the snow begins to pile on top of her. Not knowing what to do but knowing she can’t leave the baby, she bundles her up and begins a tragic excursion throu [...]

    20. I had been wanting to read this book since I read the sample months ago. It did not disappoint. Percy James is a character I won't soon forget. She is only 16 years old when she goes looking for her drug addicted Mom. In a meth house, she finds a baby near an open window on a snowy night. I was hooked from the beginning. Everyone in the drug house is passed out cold, so she sneaks out into a snowstorm with the baby girl in tow. Along the way we meet Portis, a rough around the edges guy with a so [...]

    21. Percy James is a sixteen year old high school dropout, working at a local woodworking store to try and pay the rent as her drug-addict mother has fallen off the wagon, disappearing for weeks at a time and leaving her to fend for herself. When she finds out that her mother was last seen at a meth-house, she becomes determined to retrieve her. A snowstorm forces her to abandon her truck and walk, and when she gets there, she doesn't find her mother, but a baby, freezing next to an open window and [...]

    22. This is a small little book with a very big heart.Sunday was rainy and unseasonably cold which was perfect reading weather but combined with the vivid descriptions of show, blizzards and frost bite in this novel it had me making too many cups of hot chocolate to count.The writing was absolutely wonderful and the story felt effortless. I found myself holding my breath almost the whole way through because everything felt like a tragedy just waiting to happen.This is a community that all carry the [...]

    23. There's just nothing I love more than a hard-scrabble young protagonist plunked down in the midst of a crisis in a trashy setting. This book gave it all with a gut punch of a storyline to boot. Percy is 16, in search of her meth-addict mother, when she happens upon a different sort of rescue. Throw in a father-like drunk, an incompetent drug dealer and a terrifying blizzard, and I found myself a winner.I love how fast-paced and immediate the story felt as Percy seemed to tell her story directly [...]

    24. This is just what I needed to read at just the right time. Not at all what I expected going in but what a lovely tale this is. I kid you not, I was choked up one minute and laughing out loud the next. How many books can successfully pull that off? Salvation comes in many forms within this story. Percy is a 16-going-on-40 year old girl trapped in the sadly common position of being caretaker to her addict/alcoholic mother. Baby Jenna is an infant suffering neglect by her own mother. This tiny baby [...]

    25. A blizzard is predicted to hit Cutler County in Northern Michigan. Fearing for the safety of her mother, Carlotta, sixteen year old Percy James heads for Shelton Potter's, a local meth dealer's cabin. Carletta is an addict, and her behavior is unpredictable, yet Percy loves her for the moments she is sober and kind. When she arrives at the cabin, Shelton and his girlfriend are passed out cold. Searching for her mother she discovers an infant left by an open window covered in snow. Not knowing wh [...]

    26. This book is beautiful, suspenseful, and affecting. I read it in one cross-country flight. Protagonist Percy James navigates a northern Michigan blizzard and an orgy of destruction among a small town's inhabitants in order to save a neglected baby and find her own drug-ravaged mother. Support comes in the hilarious form of vigilante Portis Dale, Percy's favorite of her mother's exes. Mulhauser's language is subtle, lyrical, and darkly humorous. Some descriptions took my breath away, and will sti [...]

    27. A wonderful debut novel. Kept me hooked from beginning to end. It was one of the most atmospheric books I've read in a long time.

    28. Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser is a highly recommended debut novel of suspense set during a blizzard in Northern Michigan. Read this one with a blanket and a warm beverage nearby.Percy James, 16, drives off to try and find her meth addicted mother, Carletta, just as a blizzard bears down on the northern Michigan woods. Percy checks out the cabin of known cooker and dealer Sheldon Potter. After having to abandon her truck a mile or so from the house, Percy sets off on foot. When she arrives she do [...]

    29. It's refreshing to read Grit Lit placed outside of the typical South/Ozark region of the United States. Don't get me wrong, I love the South but this is a book that takes place in my neck of the woods for a change. Travis Mulhauser paints a pretty accurate picture of Northern Michigan with the influx of wealthy summer tourists and the cherry harvests and fudge factories. At the northern tip of The Glove in the middle of a blizzard Percy finds a baby in a meth cabin and takes it for safe keeping. [...]

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