A Girl Could Stand up

A Girl Could Stand up

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Baker & Taylor
After the sudden deaths of her parents in a freak accident in the Tunnel of Love, Elray is brought up by her two uncles--Harwood, a macho, hard-drinking photographer, and Ajax, a cross-dresser who prefers to present himself as an aunt.

Blackwell North Amer
At an amusement park outing to celebrate Elray's sixth birthday, Elray's parents, Barkley and Jack, are killed in a freak accident while riding through the Tunnel of Love. In the aftermath of this disaster Elray finds herself the ward of two hapless uncles - Harwood, a macho, hard-drinking professional photographer, and Ajax, a thirty-something cross-dresser who prefers to present himself as an "aunt." As this unlikely trio struggles to process grief and forge some version of a coherent "family," they are joined by a delightful cast of characters, including Rena, an Irish attorney who is trying the family's case against the amusement park, and a glamorous but unruly relative who resurfaces after having seemingly died thirty years earlier.
But the beating heart of this novel is the love story that develops between Elray and her friend Raoul. When they bump into each other deep in the crypts of Washington National Cathedral, they find that they are in pursuit of the same quality: invincibility. Joining forces in a youthful quest, they embark on a series of rituals and wild adventures that challenge their nerve and teach them much about themselves and each other. In the course of discovering themselves, Elray and Raoul also unearth important truths about the nature of courage and strength, and the transforming power of love and family.

Baker
& Taylor

After the sudden deaths of her parents in a freak accident in the Tunnel of Love, Elray is brought up by her two uncles--Harwood, a macho, hard-drinking photographer, and Ajax, a cross-dresser who prefers to present himself as an aunt--as she and her friend Raoul meet, fall in love, and embark on a series of offbeat adventures. Reader's Guide available.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802117489
0802117481
Branch Call Number: F MAR
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 24 cm

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