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From award-winning poet Michaela Carter comes a taut and erotically charged literary debut, set against the chaos of the 1992 L.A. riots, about three twentysomethings searching for meaning in their lives
In the Neverland that is Los Angeles, where make-believe seems possible, three dreamers find themselves on the verge of transformation. Twenty-five-year-old poet Gwendolyn Griffin works as a stripper to put herself through graduate school. Her perpetually stoned boyfriend, Leo, dresses in period costume to hawk his music downtown and seems to be losing his already tenuous grip on reality. And their flamboyant best friend and neighbor, nightclub crooner Count Valiant, is slowly withering away.
When the city explodes in violence after the Rodney King verdict, the chaos becomes a catalyst for change. Valiant is invigorated; Leo plans a new stunt—walking into East L.A. naked, holding a white flag; and Gwen, discovering she is pregnant, is pulled between the girl she's been and the woman she could become. But before Gwen can embrace motherhood, she's forced to face the questions she's been avoiding: Can Leo be a father? Can she leave the club life behind, or will the city's spell prove too seductive?
Weaving poetry and sensuality with an edgy urban sensibility, Further Out Than You Thought is a celebration of life, an ode to motherhood, and a haunting story of love, friendship, and one woman's quest for redemption.
It is 1992. The 21st Century looms on the horizon; slouching towards Bethleham, to be born. The 20th Century is almost gone. Read morePublished 1 day ago by C. CRADDOCK
Some beautiful prose - it's very evident the author is a poet - but the characters and plot didn't appeal to me. I found living inside Gwen/Stevie's head suffocating. Read morePublished 17 days ago by S. Hays
Well written. Introspective and articulate character development by the author. It was an interesting time and place setting.Published 17 days ago by J. Al-hashimi
Beautifully written, raw, honest deep. It took me 4 days to read this book, and when I wasn't reading, I was thinking about the story and characters. Read morePublished 25 days ago by leeann
Beautifully written and lyrical. This book made me glad I'm not 25 anymore -- in any era -- although the characters' mid-twenties were identifiable for me in particular, as I share... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cynthia Swanson
I was going through a reading dry spell, not having found any novels that made me want to finish reading them for awhile. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth E Silva
Michaela Carter is an exceptional author, and spins a great story. I follow her on Facebook and she is very kind and approachable. Eagerly awaiting her next novel!Published 2 months ago by LJean
Michaela Carter has written a book about damaged souls in a damaged city that belongs right up there with some of the better tomes written about Los Angeles. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Kukoff
This is a well written book, with a good plot and interesting characters. I really did enjoy it, but I didn't rate it as high as I normally would have. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lauri Crumley Coates