The Heebie-Jeebie Girl

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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Susan Petrone lives with one husband, one child, and two dogs in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the author of two previous novels, Throw Like a Woman and The Super Ladies.


"This may be the real gift of this book and its real magic, Susan Petrone's moving us from indifference to understanding and caring for others and our world, and that's a very real transformation."--New York Journal of Books
"A series of unfortunate events weave together the complex and beautifully-rendered lives of an old man, a young girl, and a reluctant villain in this heartfelt page-turner set in 1977 Ohio. Petrone deftly blends suspense, fantasy, and family turmoil to paint an unflinching portrait of America's Rust Belt at its tipping point. If a city like Youngstown could talk, this is the story it might tell. I couldn't put it down!"--D.M. Pulley, author of The Dead Key and No One's Home
'The simple, desperate act that opens The Heebie-Jeebie Girl quickly turns complicated and dangerous. Susan Petrone has penned an open-hearted love letter to a still-proud city whose mills and bars used to operate around the clock, where jobs are scarce and people dream of hitting the lottery. A novel of magic and miracles, contrition and forgiveness, it's fitting that its hero, who can pick lucky numbers out of thin air, is named Hope. As Youngstown itself says: "Some cities will chew you up and spit you out. Not me."'--Stewart O'Nan, author of Snow Angels and Last Night at the Lobster