2007 Kirkwood Award winner Susan Lindheim has published an excerpt from her novel Baby Driver on The Nervous Breakdown. As Susan describes it, “although a work of fiction, Baby Driver is based on my grandmother’s true-life experiences as a teenager during the 1930s when she, a ‘nice girl’ and only child, was forced by her middle-class Jewish family to buy and smuggle drugs for her heroin-addicted uncle.” She began the novel in Lou Mathew’s course, and he encouraged her to continue. “I am profoundly grateful to Lou for all his generous help and support with this book and in developing my writing career as a whole. I came to fiction writing entirely through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. The classes challenged and changed me, first by giving me a solid foundation in how to even begin to approach fiction writing, and then later by helping to build and refine my skills and craft.”

Congratulations, Susan! We can’t wait to hear what happens next for Baby Driver.

You can read Susan’s novel excerpt online at The Nervous Breakdown.

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