"e;Trampoline"e; is that rare kind of book, a first novel that feels like a fourth or fifth. It is a roaring tale that knows when to tamp its own fire which is another way of saying that it is funny as hell but will hurt you too. "e;Electric Literature"e;
Dawn Jewell is fifteen. She is restless, curious, and wry. She listens to Black Flag, speaks her mind, and joins her grandmother s fight against mountaintop removal mining almost in spite of herself. I write by ear, says Robert Gipe, and Dawn s voice is the essence of his debut novel, "e;Trampoline."e; Jagged and honest, "e;Trampoline"e; is a portrait of a place struggling with the economic and social forces that threaten and define it. Inspired by oral tradition and punctuated by Gipe s raw and whimsical drawings, it is above all about its heroine, Dawn, as she decides whether to save a mountain or save herself; be ruled by love or ruled by anger; remain in the land of her birth or run for her life.