Walt survives the shooting, with an attendant sense of guilt, of course, and chooses to help tutor the daughter of the owners of the restaurant, an eleven-year-old girl who retreats into silence after the horror of the killings. Crossing seemingly insurmountable barriers of class, Walt discovers that he can actually be an effective teacher to young Mercedes--once he learns not to condescend about the knowledge he has acquired.
Douglas Trevor's gift is that he makes us appreciate all of the characters in Girls I Know. The privileged Ginger, who actually knows she is "slumming" when she does her research; the feckless Walt, whom you sometimes just want to slap to force him off his duff--Trevor genuinely appreciates them both. And he can be absolutely convincing when he discovers, along with Walt, that sometimes teaching can indeed be a salvation, for the student and also for the teacher. Douglas Trevor appears at Nicola's on September 10.
[Originally published in September, 2013.]