The Girl from the Papers, Softcover
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The Girl from the Papers, Softcover  -     By: Jennifer L. Wright

The Girl from the Papers, Softcover

Tyndale House / 2023 / Paperback

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Just as the Great Depression destroys Beatrice's dreams of being on the big screen, she meets Jack, who's pursuing the "glamorous" life of crime. Joining him on notorious sprees, she finally sees her name plastered in newspapers across America. When she starts yearning for a safer life, will Jack's escalating schemes destroy her dreams---and future? 

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Title: The Girl from the Papers, Softcover
By: Jennifer L. Wright
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2023
Weight: 11 ounces
ISBN: 149647757X
ISBN-13: 9781496477576
Stock No: WW477570

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Inspired by one of America’s most notorious couples, Bonnie and Clyde, Jennifer L. Wright delivers a riveting tale set during the public enemy era of the Great Depression.

Beatrice Carraway has dreams. Although she’s aged out of the childhood pageant circuit, she’s intent on carrying her talents all the way to the big screen—if only she can escape the poverty of West Dallas first. But as the Great Depression drags the working class further and further under, Beatrice struggles just to keep herself, her mother, and her younger sister afloat. After a string of failed auditions, she feels defeated.

And then in walks Jack Turner. Though Beatrice is determined to pull herself up by her bootstraps, Jack has decided on a different path out of the gutters. It isn’t long before Beatrice is swept into an exciting and glamorous life of crime beside the man she loves. Keeping one step ahead of the law, she sees her dreams of fame come true when her name and picture are plastered in newspapers across the country. Yet as their infamy grows, the distance between them widens. While Jack begins seeking bigger payouts and publicity, Beatrice starts to long for a safe, quiet life and something deeper to fill the emptiness in her soul. But when the danger of Jack’s schemes ratchets up, Beatrice fears her dreams—and her future—will end up going down in a hail of bullets.

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Jennifer L. Wright’s exciting novel The Girl from the Papers is filled with robberies, revenge, and redemption. Beatrice used to be a star, but she now lives in poverty. She fled from her abusive stepfather and is desperate for fame and affection. Her world brightens when she meets charismatic, attentive Jack. But Jack draws her into his world of crime. Torn between Jack’s promises of a glamorous life and the example of her friend Alli’s quiet, enduring faith, Beatrice decides what she values most. Beatrice narrates, moving between her past and present to share information about what led to her final, deadly crime. There are exciting scenes, as with a bank robbery, but also moments of quiet and reflection, as when Beatrice wrestles with the question of whether her actions are justifiable. Tragedies and hope both appear as Beatrice works to choose between faith and notoriety. Achieving a delicate balance between showing the importance of forgiveness and grace and illustrating the consequences of wrongdoing, the story’s progression relies on the whims and principles of its colorful cast. Jack loves Beatrice, but he is unable to see past his twisted views of justice. In contrast, his sister-in-law, Alli, is the picture of goodness and piety. She challenges Beatrice’s negative perceptions of faith, which were tainted by her cruel stepfather, without judging Beatrice’s skepticism. In the active but contemplative historical novel The Girl from the Papers, a woman reckons with forgiveness and repentance. Though inspired by the lives of the infamous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, this novel aims toward a more uplifting conclusion.
In the captivating latest from Wright (If It Rains), the gritty realities of the Great Depression force a woman into a life of crime. Beatrice Carraway and her family have always struggled financially, and when her childhood pageant career ends at age nine, so do the winnings that helped to keep the West Texas family afloat. Not long after, her mother marries Charles Thomas, a strict and religious man who abuses Beatrice and her sister. After fleeing Charles, the three live with the girls’ grandparents. As the Depression sets in, moneymaking opportunities dry up until Beatrice, now 19, meets and falls for Jack Turner, a charismatic small-time thief who brings her onto the wrong side of the law. After Jack does a stint in prison for a robbery gone wrong, Beatrice, at the urging of her faithful sister-in-law Alli, begins reading the Bible and starts to reconnect with her Christian faith, a fraught proposition given her early experiences with her authoritarian stepfather. Alli, however, introduces Beatrice to a loving God that promises rescue from the increasingly dangerous path she finds herself on, though she’ll have to resist the allure of easy money to do so. Wright’s tightly plotted historical offers a nuanced exploration of how faith can serve as a cudgel for submission or a source of salvation. Wright’s fans will be riveted.
Born into West Dallas poverty in the 1920s, Beatrice banks on her pretty face to pull her out of the muck. Beauty fades, though, and her mother’s choice in men relegates Bea to a mere possession. Every potential break is soon met with suspicion and ridicule of Bea’s socioeconomic status and street address. When Bea meets debonair (and slightly criminal) Jack Turner, she sees her ticket out of the swamp and factory smoke—after all, playing by the rules hasn’t gotten her ahead. When all her dreams of fame come true, however, they don’t bring the happiness and peace she craves. With a cast of characters alternately encouraging her to run toward sin or toward salvation, Bea must both face the consequences of her life of crime and decide what true religion is. VERDICT In this Bonnie-and-Clyde tale with a redemptive twist, Wright (Come Down Somewhere) proves her literary chops and puts herself on the level of historical-fiction favorites like Susan Meissner and Fiona Davis.

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