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FINNY, the coming-age-story of a defiant fourteen-year-old girl, Finny, has been described as a combination of Charles Dickens and Judy Blume with a dash of John Irving and JD Salinger. However, the most surprisingly fact about this tender debut novel is not its influences but its author, Justin Kramon. His ability to channel the angst and confusion and will of a fiery female outcast and her quirky circle of friends and lovers is an oddity in a sea of male-authored novels about, well, guys. Here, Justin Kramon, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop whose stores appear in Glimmer Train, StoryQuarterly, Boulevard, and others, tells Jen Michalski what gives.