Courtney Yasmineh reads from her debut novel, A Girl Called Sidney: the Coldest Place
In the late 70’s, teenager Sidney flees Chicago and heads to a rural Minnesota town in the wake
of her parents’ disintegrating relationship. Trading one set of struggles for another, Sidney
makes it her goal to survive her senior year of high school alone in the coldest place, a remote
Studious and musically inclined, Sidney initially avoids her family’s harsher troubles while her
brother bears the brunt, but soon she is hatching a plan that will change everything. Money
troubles mount and battle lines are drawn, shattering the family and leaving Sidney
wondering: Is she partly responsible?
Readers will find themselves torn between fearing for Sidney and her family members and
rooting for the young women at the center of this novel to strike out on her own, navigate in a
new and very different town, earn her keep, make music and graduate to adulthood. Left to her
own devices, will she be undone or will she discover her own strengths and emerge to a new
Courtney Yasmineh is a rock musician and singer-songwriter with a classic rock chick’s
frankness, irony, and guts. She has several albums and thousands of road-gig miles to her
credit. A new record and US/European tour launch in spring of 2017. A Girl Called Sidney is her
first novel. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.