About Little Beauties
Diana McBride, a thirty-four-year-old former child pageant contender, is working in a baby store in Long Beach. Between dealing with a catastrophic haircut, the failure of her marriage, and phone calls from her alcoholic mother, Diana has gone off her OCD medication and is trying to cope via washing and cleaning rituals. When pregnant teenager Jamie Ramirez enters the store, Diana's world turns upside down. Jamie plans to give her baby up for adoption, but things take an unexpected turn. Jamie's baby, Stella, has her own will and a destiny to fulfill. These three characters' lives become linked in surprising ways as the magical plot of Little Beauties unfolds. With a poet's ear for fresh, evocative language and a deft humor that exposes her characters' foibles, Addonizio perfectly captures the messiness and unexpected beauty of life.