Swimming Sweet Arrow by Maureen Gibbon

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Evangeline Starr Raybuck -- plain-spoken, lusty, and hardworking -- and June Keel are high school seniors, best friends going out with best friends, working together at Noecker's chicken farm after school. Vangie and June make out with their boyfriends together in the same car; they pass dirty notes to each other during the day at school. They tell each other everything: "That was the kind of friends we were".

After they graduate, things begin to shift. Vangie gets a job waitressing and moves in with Del; June, unable to get a job anywhere but the local factory, moves in with Ray and his older brother Luke. As they become more involved in their lives with their men, they see each other infrequently, but not so seldom that it doesn't become clear to Vangie that there's something dangerous going on, that June has crossed a line with the men in her life that even Vangie would not.

About Maureen Gibbon

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Maureen Gibbon is a graduate of Barnard College & the Iowa Writer's Workshop, where she was awarded a teaching/writing fellowship. Her poetry manuscript "Kicking Horse My True Husband" was a finalist in the Yale series of Younger Poets & the National Poetry Series in 1994 & 1995 & she was twice the recipient of Minnesota's Loft-McKnight Artist Fellowship. She is a high school teacher in Minneapolis & lives both there & in northwestern Minnesota.
Published November 11, 2009 by Back Bay Books. 242 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When graduation arrives, the two couples indirectly part ways: Vangie and Del rent a small house together, and June and Ray move in with Ray's older brother, Luke.

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Vangie is plagued by the usual litany of problems: abusive boyfriend with drug and alcohol problems, meaningless jobs, absent parents, troubled best friend.

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