Cover Photo: This photograph shows two girls standing side by side, both wearing clunky Doc Martens. The sunlight behind their bare legs is dappled, like they are standing in the summer shade.
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Excerpt from ‘Fast Songs for Fast Girls’

This novel excerpt was written by Claire Lobenfeld in Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ 12-Month Novel Generator

s in the suburbs. She is desperate to keep details of the violent outburst that got her expelled from her New York City private school buried. As she becomes enmeshed in the local punk scene and enamored of grifter Mira, a new life where Mickey can be herself—impulsive, crass, and boy-crazy—starts to take shape. But when an old friend from the city starts paying Mickey regular weekend visits, she learns how impossible it is to repress the disturbing truth behind her breakdown.

s band practice.

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New York Times


She was drunk and she got nude

And you took pictures? Fuck you, dude

Got them developed in one-hour

Took them to school to wield your power


She threw her pet mice at a cop

She threw her pet mice at a cop

She threw her pet mice at a cop

Her paranoia wouldn’t stop


The whole school looks at her and laughs

We would like to feed you glass

Deanna breaks down in the halls

Suspended? It should have been your balls


She threw her pet mice at a cop

She threw her pet mice at a cop

She threw her pet mice at a cop

Her paranoia wouldn’t stop


Before she’s allowed back at our school

She comes to campus, broke the rules

Now her life has come undone

Cuz you think exploitation’s fun


Claire Lobenfeld is a writer, editor, and teacher from New York State. She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and their cat. Find her work at clairelobenfeld.com and her music criticism workshops at clairelobenfeld.podia.com