Susan Petrone discusses ‘The Heebie-Jeebie Girl’ and what people get wrong about Youngstown
Author Susan Petrone chats with us about her newest novel, The Heebie-Jeebie Girl, and why Youngstown is so important for her story. She also discusses:
- how she got the ideas for her previous novels The Super Ladies and Throw like a Woman.
- her favorite job that she’s ever had. (Hint: It involves baseball.)
- how her favorite authors (Jane Austen and Kurt Vonnegut) may have influenced The Heebie-Jeebie Girl.
Petrone used actual events from her family’s history to write The Heebie-Jeebie Girl. Her story takes place in Youngstown, 1977, at the time when the city’s largest steel mill has just closed and the worst blizzard in over 40 years has hit the area. It’s a tale of change, family, and redemption.