Girls I Know by Douglas Trevor

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As much a love song sung to Boston as a conventional novel, and a welcome debut.
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In the winter of 2001, 29-year-old Walt Steadman survives a shooting in his favorite Boston café that leaves four people dead. In the aftermath, Walt forms two new relationships: one with Ginger Newton, a privileged, reckless, Harvard undergraduate who is interviewing women about their lives for a book called Girls I Know, and the other with 11-year-old Mercedes Bittles, whose parents were killed in the restaurant. Wounded but resilient, all three must deal with loss and grief and the consequences that come when their lives change in unexpected ways.

"Deeply moving and ebulliently funny, this dazzling debut novel is...totally wonderful, original, and as stunning as a bolt of lightning."
-Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow

"Relationships are at the heart of Girls I Know by Douglas Trevor, a Hemingway finalist. . . This is a very promising new novelist, well worth getting acquainted with."
-Alan Caruba, Bookviews

"I found Girls I Know to be a very moving and hopeful novel, examining and embracing all that shatters within us, and all that gives us strength."
-Jennifer Messner, Books, Personally

"By turns funny, flirtatious and fierce, Girls I Know is above all a work of real heart. I can't recall when I last fell so in love with a novel's characters, but if I had to compare Douglas Trevor to anyone he puts me in mind of a young John Irving."
-Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl
 

About Douglas Trevor

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Douglas Trevor is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Iowa. He is co-editor of Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and Early Modern Culture (2000), and has published articles on Michel de Montaigne, Thomas More, Edmund Spenser, John Donne, George Herbert, and other early modern writers. He is also a contributing editor to The Complete Pelican Shakespeare (2002), and serves on the Editorial Board of the Shakespeare Yearbook.
 
Published May 20, 2013 by SixOneSeven Books. 338 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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on May 29 2013

As much a love song sung to Boston as a conventional novel, and a welcome debut.

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