Friday, February 22, 2008

This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record


Warning: this is a blatant plug. I have no qualms about that. And worse, it's for FRIENDS, our pretty-much-constant tablemates over at Featherproof Books. But I really can't let this book go unmentioned here.

I finished Susannah Felts' debut novel, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record, in a day and a half, couldn't put it down. Here's why: this book is going to make a difference in young women's lives. Count on it.

If any of you are teaching, whether high school or intro to creative writing or fiction workshop, I'd keep Felts' novel in mind. The protagonist, a young woman named Vaughn, is a high school student in Nashville and a burgeoning photographer—a sort of everywoman's Asher Lev. Felts manages to recreate the essence of adolescence... Not just the awkwardness that we all remember, but also all the accompanying small thrills and fears about which I, for one, had forgotten. And she does it through the eyes of a young artist who's beginning to ask important questions about just what being an artist means. Fabulous!

One of the things that I like most about Felts' book is that, in contrast to other recent books with protagonists in high school, it doesn't feel like it's trying too hard to be something it's not, to be clever or trendy... it feels organic and true. Nuff said. Permanent Record is mos def worth checking out, recommending to your students, buying for your nieces. Read it.

Oh, and p.s. Major props to FP for getting local poster- and fine-artist Diana Sudyka to do the cover. Brownie points for reals.

2 comments:

zanna said...

Wow--this makes my day! Major thanks. And how funny: I literally just got home from teaching a writing wkshp to high school students (during which I read from the book); this was my first opportunity to teach since leaving Chicago in late 06 (sniff). And it was fabulous! I took five books with me and sold them all. Could have sold more. The kids seemed way into it.

Happy happy day....

-sf

B-Ho said...

Hey S, no, thank YOU. Wonderful, really (as if you couldn't tell!).

So happy that you got such a positive response from high school students... it just confirms what I thought!

Fabulous!

All best,
b