Karen Lee Boren reads from Girls in Peril
Wednesday, June 28th, 7:00 PM
A beautiful coming of age story, Girls in Peril, is the premier novella published by Tin House Books, and has already been nominated for the 2006 Discover Great New Writers Award.
About the book:
During a single summer in the 1970s, five 12-year-old girls idle away their time: jumping rope, playing four square, torturing the neighborhood Avon lady, sneaking out for late night swims in the lake. They find peril lies in places they never would have thought to look: in uncomprehending parents who steal their time and freedom (and, in one bizarre case, a thumb); in the pull of an uncertain world beyond their all-important friendships; and in their own burgeoning sexuality. Gradually the girls reassuring group identity splinters as they mature and violence close to home threatens to split them apart for good.
Girls in Peril is a novella about the special bonds between young women on the verge of adulthood. In this sparkling debut, issues of sexuality, identity, and class are woven into a magical and unforgettable coming of age story.
About the author: Karen Lee Boren teaches literature and creative writing at Rhode Island College. Her fiction has appeared in the Florida Review, Night Train, Karamu, Hawai?i Pacific Review and Dominion Review.