Somebody Should Have Scolded The Girl

Paula Coomer (Author) Twyla Beth Lambert (Editor)


Grab an Ameripass for one low fare and 'ride the Dog' across America with author Paula Coomer for a gritty, unflinching journey through some of the country's most poignant and vulnerable moments: War. Racism. Women's rights. The Sexual Revolution and more.

Stop off here and there at various crossroads, viewed through the eyes of Mercy Grace Hadley, Chipper Grube, Marlette Peel, Charlotte Dodge, and a cast of others, a community of loosely connected people in Kentucky and Indiana.

Emotional, but full of hope, Somebody Should Have Scolded the Girl holds an exacting, uncanny mirror to our current times.

Product Details

Fawkes Press, LLC
Publish Date
June 01, 2019
5.5 X 0.58 X 8.5 inches | 0.72 pounds
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About the Author

Paula Coomer is a poet and literary fiction writer who occasionally writes about food and health. Her books include Jagged Edge of the Sky, Dove Creek, Summer of Government Cheese, Nurses Who Love English, and Blue Moon Vegetarian, among others. A long-time teacher of writing, Ms. Coomer has been a nominee for the Pulitzer, the Pushcart, and a number of other awards. She lives in the tiny village of Garfield, Washington, where she coaches writers and organizes and facilitates Clearwater Writers, a retreat program on the Wild and Scenic Clearwater River near Syringa, Idaho.


Paula Coomer directs an honest and unflinching look at the lives of strong, resilient, and deeply vulnerable rural women -- women who face prejudice, poverty, and small-mindedness with strength and grace and sometimes very human flaws. Coomer's deep knowledge of place and culture is evident, she writes in her endnote, "This collection is my attempt to take my family history and create from it stories about women who own themselves,
women who are victors, not victims." Indeed, Coomer captures their hardscrabble lives with compassion, and one gets the sense that through her writing this community of women are understood and cared for. A gorgeous collection filled with unforgettable voices and stories."

-Laura Pritchett, winner of the PEN USA Award for Fiction, author of The Blue Hour and Hell's Bottom Colorado