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The Girls
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The Girls (Hardback)

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California. The summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering counter-culture a young girl is unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the cusp of adulthood, will shape her life..."This book will break your heart and blow your mind." (Lena Dunham) Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and the sidewalks radiate heat. Until she sees them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair, long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls. And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways. Was there a warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever?



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 16/06/2016 ISBN-13: 9781784740443  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Emma Cline is from California. Her fiction has appeared in Tin House and the Paris Review. She was the recipient of the 2014 Paris Review Plimpton Prize for fiction and is a Granta Best Young American Novelist.

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As a debut novel this is an intriguing read. Clearly based on the Manson family the unfolding inevitable massacre is told through the eyes of a young girl who is sucked into the cultish world. Cline does a great job with Evie and the allure of the cult to an average teenager. Cline's imagery captures the heady days of California in the 70s but there are some significant flaws. Opting to run a second line where we meet Evie is unnecessary and adds little to our understanding of the effect of the farm on her adult life. There are also a lot of secondary characters that we care little about. In fact the book has no singular character to empathise with. This may have been characterised as the book for the summer but it lacks the drama of Gone Girl or Girl on the Train.

- 27/08/2016
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