What's the Girl Worth?: A Novel

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Sipping on "kiddie" cocktails, eight-year-old Catherine plays a game called "What's the Girl Worth? " with her father and the rest of the regulars at the Blue Lagoon bar. That would be Catherine's last memory of her father . . . before he abandons her.

Catherine - feisty, hard-edged, and weary of men - has put herself through Boston University working as a cocktail waitress. Wanting to control her future rather than give in to the fate predetermined by her unresolved issues, she takes a summer internship in Madrid. It is in this glamorous city, with the encouragement of her new friends, that she is swept into the seductive Spanish nightlife - reveling in the exhilaration, the miraculous thrill, of being young and far from home. But it is also where she eventually confronts her past and the man whom she has missed and forever hoped for - the father who is as foreign to her as the beautiful, bright world of Spain.

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Christina Fitzpatrick received her MFA in 1999 from Sarah Lawrence College. She has worked as a bartender for the past ten years. The author of Where We Lived, she has also taught writing at Iona College, Gotham Writers' Workshop, and Valhalla's Women's Prison. She currently teaches ESL in Rome and remains affiliated with Teachers and Writers Collaborative in Manhattan. She divides her time living in New York City and abroad.

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Conflict between mother and daughter is a staple of fiction today. But conflict between father and daughter the core of Fitzpatrick's absorbing if long-winded first novel (after the story collection Where We Lived) is less frequently dissected and certainly not with the sharpness Fitzpatrick brings to the project. Her narrator and protagonist, Catherine Kelly, is putting herself through Boston University by working as a cocktail waitress. Wary of men because her father left her when she was a child, she shares an apartment with the only man she can get close to, an adoring and adorably fey gay man. The year she turns 20, Catherine takes a summer internship in Madrid. The job is negligible, but her roommates are charming, introducing Catherine to their circle of friends, who sweep her up into Madrid's nightlife. But halfway through her stay, her father shows up, and in the week he visits, Catherine begins to know, and to confront, him. Fitzpatrick ably weaves scenes from Catherine's past through those set in Madrid, building suspense in a story that could have become a travel journal. With incisive description and biting, lively dialogue, Fitzpatrick nails her characters, especially the men in Catherine's life. Both Harlan, the gay man Fitzpatrick rescues from stereotype, and Catherine's father, with his toupee and Aqua Net, are unforgettable. Moreover, Fitzpatrick captures precisely the peculiarities of bar life, while never veering far from her themes: how men value women and how Catherine values men. Fitzpatrick does go on, however: too many bars and far too many headlong sentences explaining Catherine's thoughts. As a witness and narrator, though, Catherine is completely credible, which is why the reader keeps reading and cheering her on.
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