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Thrash, Maggie: Honor Girl

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Thrash, Maggie: Honor Girl

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Thrash, Maggie

Honor Girl

Walker, 2017, pp272, 7.99 [pounds sterling]

978 0 7636 8755 7

Described on the cover as a graphic memoir, Honor Girl is closely based on the author's own experience as a gay teenager growing up in the American South.

In a subtle interplay of words and pictures, it charts a summer spent by 15-year-old Maggie at a hundred-year-old all-girls camp in Kentucky. It is run along traditional Christian lines, with daily Civil War reenactments and the annual election of an 'honor girl' who embodies the camp's ideals and strict code of behaviour. The only males are the 'Slog Boys' who work there and are the object of desire of all the attendees. Well, not quite all. For a moment of physical contact involving, unromantically enough, a head lice inspection, propels Maggie into a tortured and absorbing love for the inscrutable older female counsellor Erin. …

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