A gripping and dark fictionalised account of life inside the Manson family from one of the most exciting young voices in fiction.
If you're lost, they'll find you…
Evie Boyd is fourteen and desperate to be noticed.
It's the summer of 1969 and restless, empty days stretch ahead of her. Until she sees them. The girls. Hair long and uncombed, jewelry catching the sun. And at their centre, Suzanne, black-haired and beautiful.
If not for Suzanne, she might not have gone. But, intoxicated by her and the life she promises, Evie follows the girls back to the decaying ranch where they live.
Was there a warning? A sign of what was coming? Or did Evie know already that there was no way back?
'Taut, beautiful and savage, Cline's novel demands your attention' Guardian
Emma Cline is from California. Her first novel, The Girls, was a Sunday Times bestseller and the highest selling debut novel of 2016. It has been published in over 40 countries worldwide. In 2017 Emma was selected as a Granta Best Young American Novelist.
Her short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta and the Paris Review, where she was awarded the Plimpton Prize for Fiction, and have been selected for inclusion in the 2017, 2018 and 2020 Best American Short Story anthologies. Her story 'What Can You Do with a General' was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award 2019.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. 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?
Review:A coming-of-age tale like no other … the book of the summer
Stunning…thrilling… A spectacular achievement
This book will break your heart and blow your mind
The read of the summer
Sunday Times - India Knight
A tense and claustrophobic read
Taut, beautiful and savage, Cline's novel demands your attention
An exhilarating read
Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing
Darker than anything Gone Girl had to offer
A seductive and arresting coming-of-age story...spellbinding
New York Times Book Review
An intensely atmospheric story that perfectly captures the aching loneliness and longing of a teenage girl.
Red - Sarra Manning
One of the best novels I've read about female adolescence... And as with so many novels about cults, The Girls is set to inspire a cultish devotion all of its own
A joy to read… Intense, clever, beautiful
Brimming with intelligence and ideas… Buy it for the Mansonesque plot but savour it for its insights
I don't know which is more amazing, Emma Cline's understanding of human beings or her mastery of language.
- Emma Cline
- United Kingdom
- Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- Publication Date
- 04 May 2017
- Dewey Code
- 813.6 (edition:23)
- 1st paperback ed
- Media Format
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