We are so excited to welcome debut author Michaela Carter to the Book Club Girl on Air program to discuss her brand new novel, Further Out Than You Thought! The book, a taut and erotically charged literary debut, set against the chaos of the 1992 L.A. riots, is now available in paperback. Click here to read an excerpt!
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.
We have 10 copies of Further Out Than You Thought to give to 10 people who comment that they can participate in our show on Wednesday, October 1st at 5 PM EST. We'll pick 10 random commenters from anyone who posts by 11:59pm on Thursday, September 11th.
We look forward to hearing from you during our live book chat discussion! Send in questions during the live show via the chat function (be sure to register on the site beforehand - choose the free option) or you can call in and ask her a question directly by dialing 347-945-6149. If you can’t join us, post your question in the comments section below, and we’ll ask Michaela on air.
And if you missed our last Book Club Girl on Air chat with New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble, you can listen to a recorded version here!