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Than You Thought
Further Out Than You Thought, was released August 5, 2014 from William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins. You can now securely order signed copies at the bottom of this page. We will contact you when your order is ready to pick-up in the store. We also ship within the USA.
Praise for Further Out Than You Thought:
“Michaela Carter is such a fine, original writer, with a gritty sensuality and musical ear. The characters in Further 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
“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.”
— Gayle Brandeis, award-winning author of The Book of Dead Birds
About the Book
A taut and erotically charged literary debut, set against the chaos of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, about three twentysomethings searching for meaning in their lives, from award-winning poet Michaela Carter.
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 realities she’s been avoiding: Can Leo become 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.
About the Author
Michaela Carter is an award-winning poet and writer. She studied Theater at UCLA and holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and her poetry has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, won the Poetry Society of America Los Angeles New Poets Contest, and appeared in numerous journals. Recently she co-founded the Peregrine Book Company, an independent bookstore in Prescott, Arizona, where she works as a book buyer and storyteller. She lives in Prescott with her partner and two inscrutable children, and teaches creative writing at Yavapai College. This is her first novel. Learn more about Michaela Carter on her website »