The girls : a novel

by Cline, Emma,

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Summary
THE INSTANT BESTSELLER * An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post, NPR , The Guardian, Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, Financial Times, Esquire, Newsweek, Vogue, Glamour, People, The Huffington Post, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Time Out, BookPage, Publishers Weekly, Slate

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged--a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.

Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award * Shortlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize * The New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice * Emma Cline--One of Granta 's Best of Young American Novelists

Praise for The Girls

"Spellbinding . . . a seductive and arresting coming-of-age story." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Extraordinary . . . Debut novels like this are rare, indeed." -- The Washington Post

"Hypnotic." --The Wall Street Journal

"Gorgeous." --Los Angeles Times

"Savage." --The Guardian

"Astonishing." --The Boston Globe

"Superbly written." --James Wood, The New Yorker

"Intensely consuming." --Richard Ford

"A spectacular achievement." --Lucy Atkins, The Times

"Thrilling." --Jennifer Egan

"Compelling and startling." --The Economist
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Bored teenager Evie Boyd is mesmerized by a young woman she spots wandering through a park one summer afternoon. It's 1969 in Petaluma, California, and Suzanne represents the glamour of the counterculture to lonely Evie, whose newly divorced mother dabbles in the watered-down, pseudo-hippie trends typical of the era. A second encounter brings Evie firmly into Suzanne's orbit and introduces Evie to a family of hangers-on surrounding Russell, a charismatic musician who holds court at a dilapidated ranch just outside town. Soon Evie is spending her free time at the ranch, dumpster-diving for food, getting high with her new friends, and buying into Russell's philosophies of free love and communal living. But there's a darker side to life at the ranch, and hard drugs and isolation begin to feed the family's paranoia, leading to a devastating, violent act. Using the Manson family and the Tate-LaBianca murders as her template, Cline pushes past the myths, vividly imagining how the darkness crept in and turned a group of idealistic young adults into cold-blooded killers. In her impressive debut, Cline illuminates the darkest truths of a girl's coming-of-age, telling a story that is familiar on multiple levels in a unique and compelling way.--Donohue, Nanette Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This compelling and thought-provoking novel seeks to understand what might have motivated the young people who joined Charles Manson's murderous cult in the 1960s, and how they were drawn under his spell. In this fictional account, middle-aged Evie looks back on the life-changing summer when she was 14, upset at her parents' divorce, and feeling neglected and insecure. Enter Suzanne, a wild and mesmerizing older girl who draws Evie into the hippie commune/cult led by charismatic and fanatical Russell Hadrick. Reader McClain is phenomenal, evoking the older Evie's mature retrospection and struggle to analyze her own emotional state and the motivations of that tumultuous time, as well as the younger Evie's yearning for acceptance and love and adventure. McClain also creates authentic, memorable voices for the other characters, including the lazy drawl of Suzanne and the seductive madness of Russell. A perfect marriage of text and narrator, this is the kind of audiobook that stays in your mind long after it's finished. A Random House hardcover. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Teenage girls -- Fiction.
Communal living -- California -- Fiction.
Nineteen sixties -- Fiction.
Counterculture -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Publisher New York :Random House,2016
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 355 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780812998603
081299860X
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