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The Only Girl in the Car

Bookworm and dreamer, Kathy was a young girl with a tender heart, an adventurer’s spirit, and a child’s terrible confusion about her proper place in the world. As the oldest daughter in a family of six children, she seemed trapped in her role as Big Sister and Mommy’s Helper. Then, one day, teetering on the brink of adolescence, hormones surging, she heard someone call her “cheesecake,” and suddenly saw her path.

“Cheesecake, jailbait, sex kitten”--the very words seemed to be “doors opening” to a splendid new self. But from the moment she decides to lose her virginity and reels in her prey, a “full-grown man,” fourteen-year-old Kathy is headed for trouble. One cold, raw March night some months later, parked in a car with four boys on the outskirts of her small suburban town, she finds it.

Though she could never have foreseen the outcome of that night, the “boys in the car could just as well have been Gypsies foretelling my future,” she writes. Girls who break the rules in small towns like the one she lived in are expected to pay a very high price for their transgressions--and she did.

And yet...this young girl, as scrappy a protagonist as any in our literature, manages to transform her fate. The story of how she came to be in that car, and how she stepped out of it forever altered, to be sure, yet not forever damaged, is the theme of this extraordinary coming-of-age tale.

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In a tender, coming-of-age memoir, the author describes how her yearning to escape her role as the "Big Sister" and "Mother's Helper" in her family led her into trouble, the consequences of her rebellion in terms of her life in a small town, and her struggle to find her place in the world. Reprint.

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"This is the most honest, unflinching account of the sexuality of an adolescent girl I've ever read.  Kathy Dobie treads fearlessly in that undiscovered country."

--Haven Kimmel author of A Girl Named Zippy

Kathy Dobie writes a prose so fine that she leaves the reader breathless with pleasure.

--Richard Rodriguez

The Only Girl in the Car is a memoir at its best--haunting honesty combined with literary grace. An impossible task, but this book accomplishes it, in a form so elegant as to seem effortless…. What a storyteller, and what a soul to tell it

--Jennifer Lauck, author of Blackbird

"The Only Girl in the Car is at once as comfortable as a dear friend and as terrifying as a dear friend's darkest secret. Open and honest and dignified, this is the memoir, often funny, always intelligent, of an era, of a family, but, most of all, of a remarkable and resilient girl's intimacy with her own mistakes."

--Cathleen Schine, author of Alice in Bed, The Love Letter, and The Evolution of Jane

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About the Author

Kathy Dobie has written for Harper’s, The Village Voice, Vibe, Salon, and a number of other magazines. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307765826
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Author:
Dobie, Kathy
Author:
Kathy Dobie
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Recovery and Addiction-Personal Stories
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040302
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
240

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Biography » General
Biography » Women
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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Product details 240 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307765826 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In a tender, coming-of-age memoir, the author describes how her yearning to escape her role as the "Big Sister" and "Mother's Helper" in her family led her into trouble, the consequences of her rebellion in terms of her life in a small town, and her struggle to find her place in the world. Reprint.
"Synopsis" by , "This is the most honest, unflinching account of the sexuality of an adolescent girl I've ever read.  Kathy Dobie treads fearlessly in that undiscovered country."

--Haven Kimmel author of A Girl Named Zippy

Kathy Dobie writes a prose so fine that she leaves the reader breathless with pleasure.

--Richard Rodriguez

The Only Girl in the Car is a memoir at its best--haunting honesty combined with literary grace. An impossible task, but this book accomplishes it, in a form so elegant as to seem effortless…. What a storyteller, and what a soul to tell it

--Jennifer Lauck, author of Blackbird

"The Only Girl in the Car is at once as comfortable as a dear friend and as terrifying as a dear friend's darkest secret. Open and honest and dignified, this is the memoir, often funny, always intelligent, of an era, of a family, but, most of all, of a remarkable and resilient girl's intimacy with her own mistakes."

--Cathleen Schine, author of Alice in Bed, The Love Letter, and The Evolution of Jane

From the Hardcover edition.

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