Stranger In A Strange Land: Bertino’s Novel ‘Beautyland’

There’s no shortage of alien characters in popular sci-fi storytelling. But Marie-Helene Bertino puts an original spin on the concept in Beautyland, a recently released book that combines quirky humor with heart-aching poignancy. The protagonist, Adina, believes that she is an extraterrestrial from a planet 300,000 light years away. She was dropped into Philadelphia in the late 1970s, apparently the natural born offspring of a loser dad and an Italian American mother who’s hard pressed to make ends meet.

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