Girl Trouble by Holly Goddard Jones
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Girl Trouble, a Harper Perennial paperback original, is Rona Jaffe Award winner Holly Goddard Jones’s debut short story collection, set around small-town Southerners caught in moral and sometimes mortal quandaries. Written with extraordinary empathy and maturity, and with the breadth and complexity of a novel, these eight beautifully written, achingly poignant, and occasionally heartbreaking stories explore the fine line between right and wrong, good and bad, love and violence.


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Holly Goddard Jones is the author of the short story collection Girl Trouble. Her work has appeared in The Best American Mystery Stories, New Stories from the South, Tin House magazine, and elsewhere. She was a 2013 recipient of The Fellowship of Southern Writers’ Hillsdale Prize for Excellence in Fiction and a 2007 recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She teaches in the creative writing program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and lives in Greensboro with her husband, Brandon, and two rowdy dogs. Visit
Published August 18, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 324 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though Robbie helps Matt get his first girlfriend, Matt secretly desires Robbie’s girl and discovers how easily betrayal overcomes good intentions.

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My parents were dedicated library patrons --- we usually went once a week --- and most of the books I purchased in my tweens and teens came from a dark little shop called The Book Rack, which exclusively sold comic books and used mass market paperbacks.

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All of her characters are damaged—from Libby, the lonely divorcée in "Retrospective," who is haunted by a violent attack early in her marriage, to the Hoffmans in "Theory of Realty," whose child has drowned in four inches of water—but, through Jones's sure telling, we understand the how and why o...

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Twice a week in our small-town local newspaper I read the listings of homes…”

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Simon says it was silly to sing a song written for a man to sing.

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