Girls I Know


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$15.95  $14.83
Sixoneseven Books
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.75 inches | 0.94 pounds
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About the Author

Douglas Trevor is the author of the novel Girls I Know (Sixoneseven Books, 2013), and the short story collection The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space (University of Iowa Press, 2005). Thin Tear won the 2005 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for the 2006 Hemingway Foundation/Pen Award for First Fiction. His short fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch, Black Warrior Review, New England Review, and about a dozen other literary magazines. He lives in Ann Arbor, where he is an associate professor of Renaissance literature and creative writing in the English Department at the University of Michigan.


"This impressive first novel grew out of an award-winning short story of the same name by University of Michigan-Ann Arbor professor Trevor ("The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space"). In 2001, 29-year-old Walt Steadman, a Harvard graduate school dropout, squeaks by working as an apartment building superintendent, sperm bank donor, and dry cleaner cashier, having dropped his Ph.D. dissertation on the poet Robert Lowell after developing writer's block. Originally from Burlington, Vt., where his grandmother cares for his multiple sclerosis-stricken mother, Walt has settled into a comfortable routine that includes breakfast at the Early Bird Cafe, which makes him "feel connected to Boston." As he grows friendly with a young waitress, Flora Martinez, he works up his nerve to ask her out. Meanwhile, Walt also befriends Ginger Newton, a spirited, wealthy, and somewhat entitled undergrad collecting interviews for a nonfiction book she calls "Girls I Know." After local gang violence escalates into a bloody shooting at the cafe, Walt begins tutoring eleven-year-old Mercedes, a shooting victim's daughter, while completing his dissertation on Ginger's dime. Despite the unmistakable physical attraction he shares with Ginger, Walt must decide if they really belong together, in Trevor's affecting and smoothly written debut novel."
"Affecting novel of love, coming-of-age and theistic ontology. Walt Steadman, the protagonist of Trevor's (English/Univ. of Michigan; "The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space," 2005) sometimes picaresque tale, refuses to grow up. He's the super of a Boston condo simply in order to get free rent, though he doesn't really know how to fix anything; he's obsessed with poetry but can't get a handle on the dissertation he's supposed to be writing at Harvard; he has two pairs of shoes, one of which he doesn't wear, and a single pair of grown-up pants. Walt spends his mornings at a little diner so far away from home that it takes him