Further Out Than You Thought: A Novel
In the Neverland that is Los Angeles, where make-believe seems real, 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 confronted by troubling questions. Can Leo become a good, dependable father? Can she leave the club life behind, or will the city’s spell prove too seductive?
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PRAISE FOR FURTHER OUT THAN YOU THOUGHT:
“Michaela Carter’s novel Further Out Than You Thought is a glittery, smoke-encrusted Proustian madeleine.”
“This debut from award-winning poet Carter is an unexpected gift. . . . a fable for those who remember the bad old days.”
“Like tasting a fruit for the very first time, reading Carter’s novel is an experience both bracing and sumptuous, a challenge and a treat...”
“Further Out Than You Thought is as seductive as a velvet-curtained club, as surprising as a dancer who first peels off her clothes, then peels away her skin to reveal her shimmering, complicated heart.”
“Michaela Carter is such a fine, original writer, with a gritty sensuality and musical ear. The characters inFurther Out Than You Thought are young, self-destructive, and wild, as well as vulnerable and complex. This is an enthralling book.”
— Kate Christensen, acclaimed author of The Astral
“Lovely, taut and lyrical—Further Out Than You Thought pulls back the curtain on a misunderstood life, showing that true nakedness is not found under strip club lights but in the reveal of a heart. This is a wonderful book.”
“Sexy, sleek and fearless, this debut simmers with vivid language and vulnerability, and is enthralling to the end. I loved it. I mean really loved it.”