Title Profile & Character Information

The Revolution of Little Girls

Annotation
No matter how hard she tries, Ellen Burns will never be Scarlett O'Hara. As a little girl in South Carolina, she prefers playing Tarzan to playing Jane. As a teenage beauty queen she spikes her Cokes with spirits of ammonia and baffles her elders with her Freedom Riding sympathies. As a young woman in the 1960s and '70s, she hypnotizes her way to Harvard, finds herself as a lesbian, then very nearly loses herself to booze and shamans. And though the wry, rebellious, and vision-haunted heroine of this exhilarating novel may sometimes seem to be living a magnolia-scented Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman, Blanche McCrary Boyd's The Revolution Of Little Girls is a completely original arid captivating work. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Awards
1992  Lambda Literary Awards
1992  Publishing Triangle Awards

Characters
NameBurns, Ellen
GenderFemale

GenreFiction
Coming of age
TopicsGirls
1960s culture
Drug abuse
Counterculture
Sexual identity
Self-discovery
Lesbians
SettingSouth Carolina