They want to know why. Why am I here? What happened to you, Chloe Doe? Thats what they ask at the Madeline Parker Institute for Girls girls like Chloe, a seventeen-year-old prostitute. Chloe says she does what she does because she has to pay the rent, because she has to eat and because shes good at it. The way she sees it, everyones job has one or two things about it they dont like and her job isnt so different. Chloe has no intention of taking seriously the attempts to reform her; what other kind of future is out there for her and why would she want to look back at her past? But then she meets her counsellor, Dr Dearborn. Even if he does have crazy hair that makes him look like the Joker, Chloe soon realizes he is smart, and not just book smart he is the first person in a long time to find the chink in her armour. The only person who can get her to remember the tragic event she would rather forget and finally persuade her she is someone worth saving. Told in a heart breakingly sardonic voice, this is the story of a girl on the brink of self-destruction and the events that brought her there.
About the Author
Suzanne Phillips started writing seriously when she was still a teenager. It was a good way to exorcise all the things that were happening in her life then. She has been teaching English in a secondary school for over fifteen years and working with teens has greatly influenced her writing. (One of her jobs included working in a locked psychiatric hospital for teens.) She has an MFA in fiction writing and is an active member of her local writers' community in Santee, California, where she lives with her daughter. Miss America is her debut novel. She says she wrote Chloe's story because she knows there are a lot of girls (and boys) like her out on the street and she hopes compassion for these teens may lead to change.