“A coming-of-age story, woven with the pace of a thriller. The protagonist is wonderfully relatable, her wise but somewhat salty outlook appeals to the outsider in us all. The prose is fresh while we reminisce with the characters; we learn from them as they reveal their navigation of adolescent rites of passage, Quaker philosophy, bullying, and young love. A nuanced and satisfying read.”
—Eileen Dougharty, story performer and writer
“This is the work of a master storyteller who introduces the reader to well-drawn characters, and brings the narrator’s moral dilemma to a stunning climax.”
—Lary Bloom, non-fiction writer, writing teacher, and co-founder of Writing at the Mark Twain House.
LB Gschwandtner reading a scene from The Other New Girl at a workshop In Praiano, Italy. It’s at such workshops where writers have the singular opportunity, while in the process of constructing a book, to learn from accomplished writers who also teach the process of story telling. At this particular workshop Wally Lamb, Sue Levine, Lary Bloom and all the workshop participants were the first readers who helped me bring this new book to life on the page. How special is this process? It is essential. The writers who teach workshops give to new writers a sense of what is possible in their own voices. That is invaluable.