This is a coming of age story of 17-year-old Marjorie, the only child of parents who are basically illiterate. Her family is caught up in a bizarre church (cult), where the infliction of humiliating punishments on children is demanded.  It is a moving and intense story, but uplifting.  I couldn’t put it down!

Check the library catalog for The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo.