A nameless young woman starts her freshman year of college with one goal in mind: survival.
Newly transplanted to the big city of Chicago, she is one of the rare few to leave her small working-class town in Iowa, let alone for a prestigious university. She is not driven by academic ambition, nor is she a social butterfly. Her true gift is an ability to understand the needs of others and to reflect back the version of themselves they wish to see, rendering herself invisible.
Deftly, she conceals her deeply troubled past - especially from her charismatic yuppie-in-the-making best friend and roommate. For a while she assimilates, living a new life not in any way her own. But the mask she wears cannot hide her secrets forever, and at some point she will be truly seen, possibly for the first time in her life.
Set in the early '80s, against the backdrop of a city terrorized by the Tylenol Killer, a local psychopath rumored to be stuffing cyanide into drugstore meds, Silver Girl is a deftly psychological account of the nuances of sisterhood. Contrasting obsession and longing, need versus desire, Leslie Pietrzyk delves into the ways class and trauma are often enmeshed to dictate one's sense of self and how a single relationship can sometimes lead to redemption.
What members say
Reading Pietrzyk’s ‘Silver Girl’ is like watching Bryce Harper slug a mammoth home run. Crazy talent,honed by years of practice, delivering a jaw-dropping hit. Like the great baseball player, this writer has swagger. Instead of a bat flip and the slow jog around the bases, Pietrzyk sprinkles literary nuggets through out ‘Silver Girl’ to remind readers of her talent and make it impossible to leave this story behind.