Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316125277, 289pp.
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
In time, their friendship is tested--by their families' claims on them, by a clique of popular girls who stumble upon them, and by the first, startling, subversive intimations of womanhood.
With dry wit and piercing observation, Jo Ann Beard shows us that in the seemingly quiet streets of America's innumerable Zanesvilles is a world of wonders, and that within the souls of the overlooked often burns something radiant.
"Masterfully wrought...downright hilarious and often hold-your-breath-and-hope-for-the-best suspenseful. The restraint with which Beard deploys moments of tension and humor make each page glimmer."
"A fierce, funny, brave, and bracingly honest new novel....Every bit as poignant and powerful as The Catcher in the Rye."
"An exuberant first novel....Beard has a knack for melding the funny and the sad, amplifying small moments into something big."
-New York Times
"Epic and profound. These thoughtful, funny, awestruck, slightly peculiar girls are so endearing, so painfully true."
"A sure-handed first novel ....It's impossible not to be charmed."
"A fresh comic voice and a talent for sharp familiarizing
-Wall Street Journal