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As Cool As I Am

A Novel

Pete Fromm

Picador

A Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Book of the Year

In this novel, Pete Fromm returns to the heart of Montana to introduce the unforgettable Lucy Diamond. Racing at breakneck pace toward adulthood, Lucy finds herself caught between the urgency and dread of leaving behind her tomboy ways. Guarding her heart with razor-edged wit and a toughness little more than skin-deep, Lucy watches as her mother, still young and unabashedly sexy, clings to her own dream of a youth she feels she's missed.

Living through a relationship equally steeped in tension and love, simultaneously embracing and resisting their similarities, the two Diamond girls are torn by their vulnerabilities and bound by their deep need for each other. Their crackling dialogue, both laugh-aloud funny and unerringly true, is often charged with Lucy's incisive humor and inimitable grit as she emerges into the womanhood that only she can forge for herself.

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Holding his truck door open was my job, dangling there waiting for him and Mom to get it over with. In winter, it was always dark, the reflection of the headlights all we had, the last-gasp reach of the porch bulb, exhaust fog thick and wreathy around us. It was summer now, the air heavy and green-smelling, the sun almost up over the Highwoods, the sky white with it, but he was still leaving.
When they finally came slinking out of the house, I was still hanging off the end of his door like some kind of ornament. Even though Mom was all laughy and leaning on him, her legs these lethal
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Praise for As Cool As I Am

"This novel packs an emotional punch that sneaks up from behind...Fromm creates an engrossing coming-of-age saga that cuts to the essence and shines." --Seattle Times
"One of the more startling beautiful and evocative tales of young womanhood...Fromm's voice-on loan to Lucy-is provocative, gritty, erotic, hilarious and genuine, and this book is a fresh breath of teen spirit."
--Ron Franscell, San Francisco Chronicle
"Deceptively simple and so artfully constructed it takes you someplace far deeper than you expected....Lucy Diamond is the kind of woman Johnny Cash might have memorialized with his graveyard croon....A novel of great drive and soul."
--Carlo Wolff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Pete Fromm

  • Pete Fromm has won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award a record four times, most recently for As Cool As I Am. His previous works include Night Swimming, How All This Started, and Indian Creek Chronicles. He lives with his family in Great Falls, Montana.
  • Pete Fromm Terry Fromm
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As Cool As I Am

A Novel

Pete Fromm

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award

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