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Re: "Fast Girl" by Suzy Favor Hamilton
Postby Mad Howler » Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:08 am
I witnessed Suzy at high school cross country meets, I didn't think of it then but it would make sense she perceived herself to be running from something. Back then the girls ran a 3.2K (2mi) - she was routinely 2 minutes ahead of the rest at the finish and never let up in that isolation.
i think the book deftly deals with the issues it sets out to cover, including that, and that recollection reminds me of an associate who was near in age to s f h who told me about how not only the valedictorian but all but one of the top 10, 10 per cent, top ninth, 90th percentile & up (i forget which) of her high school class, and the classes on each side as well, wound up either in serious legal trouble or, more commonly, had serious psychological crack-ups within about five years. a number of theories were proposed, but it all sounds vaguely similar at least on some points. there was some fuzziness on terminology, but the proverbial nervous breakdown is what seemed most common. at least one fellow was in the stairwell of one of the dormitories at the u w yelling "help! get the ants off me![sic]"* at 3.00 on a tuesday morning. it was right around the time that somebody got loaded up on c jam and was able to jump through the window at the nitty gritty on account of getting a 64 km/h running start -- but that person was from out of town, if i remember correctly.
* isn't there a john cougar mellencamp song of this title or refrain?