As Cool As I Am
By Pete Fromm
(Picador, Hardcover, 9780312307752, 272pp.)
Publication Date: October 1, 2003
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As a teenager left to raise herself, Lucy Diamond is a narrator with a radiant yet guarded heart. As she races at breakneck pace toward womanhood, everything is at stake for her, producing an urgency and dread that she holds at bay with humor and grace. But while Lucy charges ahead, her mother's youth is fading, providing a juxtaposition steeped with tension and love. Simultaneously embracing and resisting their similarities, both women's emotional vulnerabilities and their deep need for each other are revealed. Conveyed through dialogue that is both laugh-aloud-funny and true, Lucy stands out in contemporary literature for her large heart and inimitable grit.
Pete Fromm won Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Awards for three of his earlier books. He lives with his family in Great Falls, Montana.
"Pete Fromm is one of America's best-kept literary secrets." --Thom Jones, author of Pugilist at Rest
"I read Pete Fromm with growing admiration for the vigor of his well-made writing and for his generous heart."--Thomas McGuane, author of Keep the Change
"Vivid and sharp, written with a startling coolness that only serves to heighten the emotional forcefulness."--Kirkus Reviews