Girl Trouble

By Holly Goddard Jones
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061776304, 324pp.)

Publication Date: September 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2009 Indie Next List
“This collection of eight stories, loosely linked by location, examines the pains and the losses of everyday existence, the consequences of bad decisions, and the ambiguities that make these decisions so difficult. Jones shows readers whole lifetimes in stories that are ultimately both humane and powerful.”
-- Margaret Brennan Neville, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT


Description

In Girl Trouble, acclaimed writer Holly Goddard Jones examines small-town Southerners aching to be good, even as they live in doubt about what goodness is.

A high school basketball coach learns that his star player is pregnant--with his child. A lonely woman refIects on her failed marriage and the single act of violence, years buried, that brought about its destruction. In these eight beautifully written, achingly poignant, and occasionally heartbreaking stories, the fine line between right and wrong, good and bad, love and violence is walked over and over again.

In "Good Girl," a depressed widower is forced to decide between the love of a good woman and the love of his own deeply flawed son. In another part of town and another time, thirteen-year-old Ellen, the central figure of "Theory of Realty," is discovering the menaces of being "at that age": too old for the dolls of her girlhood, too young to understand the weaknesses of the adults who surround her. The linked stories "Parts" and "Proof of God" offer distinct but equally correct versions of a brutal crime--one from the perspective of the victim's mother, one from the killer's.




About the Author
Holly Goddard Jones's stories have appeared in New Stories from the South, Best American Mystery Stories, and various literary journals. She is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the winner of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award.
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