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Girls I Know


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In the winter of 2001, 29-year-old Walt Steadman—grad school dropout, sperm donor, and holder of other odd jobs—survives a shooting in his favorite Boston café that leaves four people dead.  In this tragedy’s wake, Walt is forced to contemplate what, if anything, he has made of his life.  This process quickly becomes entangled with two new relationships: one with an ambitious Harvard undergraduate named Ginger Newton who is writing a book called Girls I Know about the jobs women do—from researching breast cancer to stripping to helping teenage runaways—and how these jobs shape their lives; and another with 11-year-old, African-American Mercedes Bittles, who lost her parents in the shootings.  As he opens up to both “girls,” reluctantly accepting Ginger’s financial support while tutoring the unsettled and taciturn Mercedes, Walt opens up, too, to his own dormant ambitions, all while discovering the true, diverse face of Boston, the power of human relationships, and the ability he possesses to shape his future.

All recent publications by Douglas Trevor

  • Girls I Know

All publications by Douglas Trevor

Books: Girls I Know (a novel, SixOneSeven Books, 2013), The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space (a collection of short stories, University of Iowa Press, 2005); The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2004); Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and Early Modern Culture, ed. with Carla Mazzio (Routledge Press, 2000). Short Stories and Novellas (selected): "The Detroit Frankfurt School Discussion Group," Ploughshares Solos, vol. 4, no. 5 (2016); "Endymion," The Iowa Review, vol. 45, issue 2 (2015); "Faucets," Midwestern Gothic, issue 16 (2015); "The Program in Profound Thought," Notre Dame Review, no. 38 (2014); "The Novelist and the Short Story Writer," The Minnesota Review, issue 82 (2014); "Sonnet 126," Michigan Quarterly Review, vol. 52, no. 3 (2013); "Slugger and the Fat Man," New Letters, vol. 79, nos. 3&4 (2013); "The Librarian," Michigan Quarterly Review, vol. 49, no. 3 (2010); "The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space," The Black Warrior Review, vol. 32, no. 1 (2005); "The Surprising Weight of the Body's Organs," Epoch, vol. 54, no. 2 (2005); "Girls I Know," Epoch, vol. 53, no. 2 (2004); "The Fellowship of the Bereaved," Fugue, no. 26 (2003); "The River," Glimmer Train, issue 45 (2003); "Central Square," New England Review, vol. 23, no. 3 (2002); "Saint Francis in Flint," The Paris Review, no. 158 (2001). Academic Articles (selected): "Mapping the Celestial in Shakespeare's Tempest and the Writings of John Donne," in Shakespeare and Donne: Generic Hybrids in the Cultural Imaginary, ed. Judith H. Anderson and Jennifer C. Vaught (Fordham University Press, 2013); "Self-Love, Spirituality, and the senses in Twelfth Night,'" in Shakespearean Sensations, ed. Katharine Craik and Tanya Pollard (Cambridge University Press, 2013); "Love, Anger, and Cruelty in 'De l'Affection des peres aux enfans' and King Lear," (Montaigne Studies, vol. 24, nos. 1-2, 2012); "Lacan, Hamlet, and the Problem of Mourning," (Shakespeare Yearbook, vol, 19, 2010); "Milton and Solomonic Education," in Milton and the Jews, ed. Douglas Brooks (Cambridge University Press, 2008); "Milton and Oneness," (Milton Studies, vol. 49, 2009); "Shakespeare's Love Objects," in A Companion to Shakespeare's Sonnets, ed. Michael Schoenfeldt (Blackwell Press, 2006); "Love, Humoralism, and 'Soft' Psychoanalysis," Shakespeare Studies, vol. 33 (2005); "Sadness in The Faerie Queene." In Reading The Early Modern Passions, ed. Gail Kern Paster, Katherine Rowe, and Mary Floyd-Wilson (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004); "Thomas More's Responsio ad Lutherum and the Fictions of Humanist Polemic," The Sixteenth Century Journal, vol. 32, no. 3 (2001); "John Donne's Pseudo-Martyr and the Oath of Allegiance Controversy," Reformation, vol. 5 (2000); "John Donne and Scholarly Melancholy," Studies in English Literature, vol. 40, no. 1 (2000); "George Herbert and the Scene of Writing," in Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and Early Modern Culture (2000).

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