Frederick Busch, Girls

After reading three volumes of Frederick Busch’s short stories, his novel Girls caught my eye. I decided to give it a try. Imagine my surprise when Chapter Two—where the plot begins— turns out to be my favorite Busch story, “Ralph The Duck,” whose eponymous character Jack invented to help calm his baby during her brief traumatic life. Later he used the short story to satisfy a course requirement in an English class.

Jack narrates Girls. The reader spends a lot of time in his head, feeling his conflicts, anger, torment, and self-doubt.  I can’t imagine this novel written in third person POV.