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The real life diary of a Boomtown girl /

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Language: English
Published: Viking, 1989
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Review by Booklist Review

Breskin ably evokes the transient tenor of life on the new frontier during the energy rush of the early 1980s. When placid Gillette, Wyoming, explodes into a latter-day boomtown, native Randi Bruce seizes the opportunity to prosper. Working rotating shifts in the lucrative mines, she keeps a diary that reflects the fleeting nature of love, friendship, and family in frenzied times. As traditional values erode and are superseded by flagrant materialism and hedonism, Randi effectively captures and communicates the social, spiritual, and environmental impact of rapid development and expansion upon both the individual and the community. A candid cultural chronicle of the modern American West. --Margaret Flanagan

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Randi Bruce, narrator and heroine of this raw, sometimes raunchy, first novel, works in a coal mine in Gillette, Wyo. She can drive a truck or work a drilling rig as well as any man, and her true grit helps her endure sexual harassment from co-workers, whiplash caused by an on-the-job accident, a jealous husband and her combative parents, who may be breaking up. When the pressures become too great, she goes on a vengeful bulldozer rampage through town, but basically, she's cool, resourceful, plucky and nobody's fool. Written in a highly colloquial, slangy style, this boomtown tale of the recession-hit heartland evokes a world of saloons, cocaine snorting, hot tubs, waterbeds, rock 'n' roll dances and pinball. The early chapters sketch in Randi's girlhood in a trailer camp and as a water-skiing champ. Diary entries from her three work-shifts, intermixed with the narrative, record her bizarre dreams, a barometer of her anxieties and wishes. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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