Tough Girl in the Jam

Tough Girl in the Jam
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Set in the fast and furious world of women’s professional roller derby, Tough Girl in the Jam is a novel about sports, strength, and sacrifice. Nina is the lead Jammer on the Philly Freedoms. Her team is practicing for a championship bout. Her new girlfriend, Rachel, is her biggest fan. As Nina and Rachel move toward a deeper commitment and start to contemplate the shape of their lives together, Nina’s estranged father falls ill. Nina’s mother pressures Nina to donate a kidney to save him. Rachel knows that agreeing will end Nina’s derby career, and will alter their lives and plans. Each woman grapples with what it means to commit herself to a life with the other, and how their upbringings and families-of-origin impact their actions and expectations in the present. A life-threatening crisis for Nina’s father on the day of the Freedoms’ championship bout forces Nina to make the toughest play of her life. Knowing the possible consequences for herself, her father, and Rachel, she must choose the course she will take into the future. Like life itself, Tough Girl in the Jam is sometimes comic, sometimes serious, but always surprising.

About the Author:

Larry Loebell is a writer and teacher, best known for his plays La Tempestad and House Divided and for having been one of the EMMY-winning writers on the first season of the animated series Rugrats. He has published two previous books of fiction,The Abundance League, a collection of short stories, and Seven Steps Ahead, a collection of novellas. His plays and monologues have been published by Playscripts, Indie Theatre Now, NY Theater Experience, Smith and Krauss, and Applause Books. He is the author of several other full length plays including Memorial Day, Pride of the Lion, The Ballad of John Wesley Reed, and Girl Science. His playwriting career highlights include a “Best New Play” Barrymore Award nomination, four Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships, a Pennsylvania Playwriting Award from the Theater Association of Pennsylvania, a grant from the EST/Sloan Science Foundation, and a grant from the National Council for Jewish Culture. He has taught film history and screen writing, and led undergraduate creative writing workshops at the University of the Arts, and taught playwriting, dramaturgy, and theater history at Arcadia University. His fiction has been published in local and national periodicals and presented in Philadelphia’s Writing Aloud, and was a recent finalist in the Marguerite McGlinn National Short Story Competition. Larry has written and directed two low-budget feature films, Dostoyevsky Man, loosely based on Notes from Underground, which was a “Fringe First” in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and Portrait Master, a political thriller. Since 2005, he has been under commission to write and annually revise Living News, a living newspaper style theatrical experience, which performs during the school year at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Larry has an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Film and Television from Temple University.

by Larry Loebell
Trade Paperback - 6 x 9 x .7
264 Pages
FICTION / LGBT / Lesbian
FICTION / Sports
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