Real Life Diary of a Boomtown Girl

David Breskin, Author Viking Books $17.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-670-82828-9
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.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1989
Release date: 10/01/1989
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