Candid and truthful stories about women, young and old, grappling with generational wariness, creative recklessness, and illusive purpose celebrate all that is beautiful, wild and distinctive in contemporary women.
All In Together Girls, whose title is inspired by a jump rope rhyme, is a meeting place for girls as surely as the chant would have been on the playground. These stories relate the relentless search for identity, and the late night drive-through culture of bored teens whose "sleepover" alibis have left them with no place else to go. Hallmarked by entrances into, and thought-provoking points of exit from, moments of addiction, betrayal, misjudgement, and first kisses, they are defining portraits of girls and women during the storm and stress of self-discovery.
Kate Sutherland was born in Scotland, grew up in Saskatchewan, and now lives in Toronto, where she is a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is the author of two collections of short stories: Summer Reading (winner of a Saskatchewan Book Award for Best First Book) and All In Together Girls. How to Draw a Rhinoceros, Sutherland's first book of poems, is forthcoming from BookThug in the fall of 2016.
Saturday night started off like usual - just us girls, and Mitch, drinking in the parking lot behind the Pentecostal church. We got super-size orange drinks from the McDonald's, poured a bunch out, then topped them up with little airline bottles of vodka that Mitch stole from his mom. I'm pretty sure she stole them from the airline where she used to be a stewardess, which is probably why she's not a stewardess anymore. She says they fired her when she got fat, even after all the sacrifices she made for the job, and she's going to sue them for everything, just watch her. She's always suing somebody for something. She gives Mitch a dopey, teary look every time she says the part about sacrifices, and we all know she's talking about his dad getting custody of him, back when his parents split up. She's got thousands of little bottles of booze all over her apartment the way other people have china knickknacks. Mitch swipes a bunch for us every time he's over there, which is why we hang out with him. That and because we like to have a guy's opinion on stuff sometimes.
-from "Open All Night"