Myrtle of Willendorf
A bright, artistic young woman comes to terms with her self-image.
Paramecia mate. That wasn’t fair. I was the only living creature on the face of the Earth who didn’t get to pair off and mate. I was below protozoa on the scale of social evolution. I was literally less romantically adept than pond scum.
College isn’t much more fun for Myrtle than high school was. At least in high school she had her weird friend Margie, who wasn’t going to win any popularity contests or beauty pageants either. Now an art student at college , Myrtle has only food and her long neck and her dancer’s body and her healthy eating habits, is no help at all. Over the course of a few painful weeks in summer, Myrtle finds a path, discovering, through her painting and a prehistoric stone figure known as the Venus of Willendorf, a new sense of self and a different kind of beauty.
- Ages: 11 - 14
- Grades: 6 - 9
- Pages: 128