9781936970742Boy Meets Girl

$18.00 paper | 492 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-936970-74-2
Publication Date: April 2022
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Winner of the AWP Award for the Novel

Portraying American political life through the prism of romantic realism, Boy Meets Girl is an ambitious and beautiful trawl through liberal, middle-class America that captures the deep emotional rifts between the haves and the have-nots.
Elaine Chiew, Foreword Reviews

“During the 1992 presidential primary, a girl—friendless for now—is closing a sandwich shop in New Hampsire. In walks Bill Clinton, bigger than life. She makes him a chicken salad on rye. The novel that ensues from these few minutes is a transfixing plunge through twenty-five years of American history: not Clinton’s history, but the girl’s and others like her, who stand just outside the spotlight of political power but whom this novel makes glow with their own significance. Boy Meets Girl is also an absorbing story of an enduring male-female friendship, written with confidence and great comic flair by a writer at the top of her game.” ― Salvatore Scibona, from the judge’s citation

“With Bill Clinton’s ‘92 campaign and Occupy Wall Street as background, Boy Meets Girl is both a complex analysis of the haves and have-nots in America and a wry, moving portrait of a friendship between two unsure young people flirting with the edge of romance. Boy Meets Girl is so smart and heartfelt, so heartbreakingly sad and funny, I wanted it to go on and on. Another triumph by Christie Hodgen, more proof that she’s one of our wisest writers.” ― Stewart O’Nan, author of Ocean State

Christie Hodgen Christie Hodgen is the author of three books of fiction: Elegies for the BrokenheartedA Jeweler’s Eye for Flaw, and Hello, I Must Be Going. She is professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the editor of New Letters magazine.