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For fans of Pam Houston’s Cowboys Are My Weakness—a novel in stories about a young woman and her town in the early 1970s

It is the summer of 1972, and Katie has just turned eighteen. Katie and her town, Elephant Beach, are both on the verge: Katie of adulthood, Elephant Beach of gentrification—but not yet. Elephant Beach is still gritty, working-class, close-knit. And Katie spends her time smoking and drinking with her friends, dreaming about a boy just back from Vietnam who’s still fighting a battle Katie can’t understand.

Impeccably crafted and hugely affectionate, this novel in stories is a vivid portrait of a place whose conflicts—between mothers and daughters, men and women, haves and have-nots—reverberate to our own time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A startling book of linked stories. This is not just another ‘coming of age’ tale but a wise, clear look at what it was to be a young woman at a singular time in our country. Chicurel’s portrait of a small town in the ’70s speaks volumes about who we are as a culture…A beautiful, accomplished book.”

    Katie Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Girls in Trucks and Abroad

  • “A beautiful and honest coming-of-age story…A stunningly evocative portrait of a down-on-its-luck town and its people, who, like Katie, are trapped between the past as they’ve known it and the promise of the future.”

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About the Author

Judy Chicurel’s work has appeared in national, regional, and international publications, including the New York Times, Newsday, and Granta. Her plays have been produced and performed in New York City. A native of Long Beach on Long Island, Chicurel currently lives in Brooklyn.