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The girl from the Red Rose Motel : a novel / Susan Beckham Zurenda.


"Impoverished high school junior Hazel Smalls and privileged senior Sterling Lovell would never ordinarily meet. But when both are punished with in-school suspension, Sterling finds himself drawn to the gorgeous, studious girl seated nearby, and an unlikely relationship begins. Set in 2012 South Carolina, the novel interlaces the stories of Hazel, living with her homeless family in the rundown Red Rose Motel; Sterling, yearning to break free from his wealthy parents' expectations; and recently widowed Angela Wilmore, their stern but compassionate English teacher. Hazel hides her homelessness from Sterling until he discovers her cleaning the motel's office when he goes with his slumlord father to unfreeze the motel's pipes one morning. With her secret revealed, their relationship deepens. Angela--who has her own struggles in a budding romance with the divorced principal--offers Hazel the support her family can't provide. Navigating between privilege and poverty, vulnerability and strength, all three must confront what they need from themselves and each other as Hazel gains the courage to oppose boundaries and make a bold, life-changing decision at novel's end. Gripping and richly drawn, The Girl from the Red Rose Motel explores the complex bonds between adults and teenagers and the power of the families we both inherit and create. Inspired by the author's experiences teaching in a South Carolina high school, the novel is also an unflinching, authentic look at the challenges faced by America's public school teachers and the struggles of the thousands of homeless children in motels who live, precariously and almost invisibly, amid the nation's most affluent communities."-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780881469011
  • ISBN: 0881469017
  • Physical Description: 291 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Macon, Georgia : Mercer University Press, [2023]
Subject: Teacher-student relationships > South Carolina > Fiction.
High school students > South Carolina > Fiction.
Homeless teenagers > South Carolina > Fiction.
Children of the rich > South Carolina > Fiction.
Homeless persons > South Carolina > Fiction.
Self-actualization (Psychology) > Fiction.
South Carolina > Fiction.
Genre: Novels.

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  • 0 of 1 copy available at Fontana Regional Library.


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Hudson (Fontana) F ZURENDA (Text) 39493109928137 Adult New Fiction Checked out 10/03/2023