Some might say a bartender's life is boring, but Maureen Coughlin's tale is anything but | NOLA.com

New Orleans author Bill Loehfelm's new book just won't get out of my mind. And the reason is Maureen Coughlin, the character of the year. She's a 29-year-old barmaid at the Narrows, a semi-seedy, semi-romantic bar on Staten Island. She dresses in short black leather skirts and tight sweaters to bump up tips as she delivers drinks. Alone and emotionally on the edge, Maureen fights against becoming a "lifer" in the bars on the island -- or being a bitter old woman with seven cats...

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