Heather Frese: Baddest Girl on the Planet
We don't know what First Fridays are going to look like yet, but we are going ahead and pairing up some of this summer's hottest titles with them anyway! First up, is NC author Heather Frese whose brand new novel, The Baddest Girl on the Planet, is set on Hatteras Island. I flew through this book and found she captured the flavor and local community perfectly. This was the WINNER of the LEE SMITH NOVEL prize and is definitely a 2021 MUST read!
Evie Austin, native of Hatteras Island, North Carolina and baddest girl on the planet, has not lived her life in a straight line. There have been several detours--career snafus, bad romantic choices, a loved but unplanned child--not to mention her ill-advised lifelong obsession with boxer Mike Tyson. Evie is not plucky, but when life's changes smash over her like the rough surf of the local shoreline, she muddles through--until that moment of loss and longing when muddling will no longer suffice. This is the story of what the baddest girl on the planet must find in herself when a bag of pastries, a new lover, or quick trip to Vegas won't fix anything, and when something more than casual haplessness is required. The Baddest Girl on the Planet is inventive, sharp, witty, and poignant. Readers will want to jump in and advise this baddest girl on the planet--or at least just give her a shake or a hug--at every fascinating turn.
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