Synopses & Reviews
In Little Green
, Loretta Stinson's stunning, redemptive first novel, tragedy leaves Janie Marek orphaned. The action begins in 1976, with Janie a runaway and stranded on the freeway outside a Northwestern town after hitchhiking. Janie ends up working at a strip club called "The Habit" and falls for Paul Jesse, a drug dealer who spirals into addiction and becomes physically abusive.
As the violence escalates, Janie finds a job in a bookstore and her independence begins. After a brutal beating she must make the most difficult and dangerous choice shell ever make by leaving. This stirring first novel is a testament to the power of books, education, and a community of friends who help those in need.
"A 16-year-old drifter is more concerned with staying alive than with coming-of-age in Stinson's harrowing debut. In 1976, Janie Marek walks into a rural Washington topless bar hoping for food, but gets a job dancing, instead. Soon, though, she's raped by a stranger and then taken in by Stella, the club's bouncer. Meanwhile, she falls in love with Paul Jesse, a motorcycle-riding, drug-dealing bad boy 10 years her senior, who, soon after she moves in with him, turns on her, like nearly everyone in her life. First, he stashes her in a cabin in Northern California as collateral for a San Francisco to Boston drug run. After his return weeks later, he's strung out, vicious, and ever more cruel as his meth addiction worsens, leaving Janie to subsist on little more than dreams of domesticity and the lies Paul tells her — until an eye-opening trip to Eugene, Ore. The milieu of drifters, grifters, dealers, junkies, and other lowlifes is just what you'd expect, but Stinson, thankfully, doesn't allow the narrative to wallow or glorify, and the hope found is hard-won and genuine. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Stinson's stunning, redemptive first novel, set in 1976, follows a runaway who ends up working in a strip club and falls for a drug dealer, who spirals into addiction and becomes physically abusive.
About the Author
Loretta Stinson is the recipient of a 2008 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in Fiction. In 2007, she was a winner of the national Doug Fir Fiction prize. Her stories have appeared in The Bear Deluxe and Ooligan Press' online literary magazine. She is currently working on her second novel.