What's the Girl Worth? : In this emotionally charged first novel, meet Catherine Kelly, a young cocktail waitress on the brink of her first trip alone to Madrid, Spain. From the beginning she is a feisty young woman, hard-edged and honest; yet as she leaves a world she knows and enters one she does not, a softer side comes through, a self-conscious vulnerability. This novel explores the effects of a parent's abandonment on a child in spare, masterful prose. These conflicts demonstrate with luminous intensity what it means for a young woman to finally face the father whom she has missed and forever hoped for, the father who is as foreign to her as this newfound country, the beautiful, bright world of Spain.