Greasy Lake


T. Coraghessan Boyle

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Greasy Lake

T.C. Boyle named Greasy Lake after a line in the 1973 Bruce Springsteen hit “Spirit in the Night,” in which Springsteen describes driving with a group of his friends toward Greasy Lake, which is a…

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The narrator, Jeff, and Digby are obsessed with cars and the freedom and danger they represent, but the narrator is stuck driving his mother’s (presumably clunky) Chevrolet Bel Air station wagon while the…

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The Narrator’s Keys

The narrator’s “first mistake” at Greasy Lake was dropping his keys into the “dark, rank, mysterious nighttime grass.” The keys can be seen as a symbol of safety, home, and innocence (they are, after all…

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