The Girls from Corona del Mar
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The Girls from Corona del Mar

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This is longlisted for the 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize. It is a fiercely beautiful novel about friendship and the ties that bind us. Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can't quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend's life. Until a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall apart further - and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, kind, brave Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is and what that question means about them both. A staggeringly arresting, honest novel of love, motherhood, loyalty, and the myth of the perfect friendship that moves us to ask ourselves just how well we know those we love, what we owe our children, and who we are without our friends.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 188g
  • Cornerstone
  • Windmill Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099591782
  • 9780099591788
  • 219,480

About Rufi Thorpe

RUFI THORPE received her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2009. Currently, she lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and son. The Girls from Corona del Mar is her first novel.show more

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"This debut from Rufi Thorpe grips immediately, with the sharp compelling pressure of a friend grabbing your hand in pain ... a brilliantly written, probing, uneasy look at a damaged friendship between two women." Independent on Sunday "Observant, sometimes funny and continuously thought-provoking, the novel delves into the meaning of friendship, motherhood, freedom, truth and lies." Daily Mail "The Girls From Corona del Mar is a knockout of a debut novel ... Her worldly, rambunctious, feminist, morally interrogative prose style galvanizes -every episode with smart, almost cosmic insights, tough talk, elegiac moments of love, dumb wonder, and, of course, further tragic events." Elle "Her depiction of female friendship is engaging and sharply observed ... Seldom has Schadenfreude been more appetisingly packaged." New Statesman "Rufi Thorpe's open-hearted, open-eyed debut tells the engrossing story of a long friendship between two complex women and investigates the unpredictable, often baffling ways that luck shapes all of our lives. Generous, soulful, and tough." -- Maggie Shipstead, bestselling author of SEATING ARRANGEMENTSshow more

Review Text

"The Girls From Corona del Mar is a knockout of a debut novel . . . Her worldly, rambunctious, feminist, morally interrogative prose style galvanizes ­every episode with smart, almost cosmic insights, tough talk, elegiac moments of love, dumb wonder, and, of course, further tragic events."show more

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4,670 ratings
3.5 out of 5 stars
5 17% (774)
4 35% (1,632)
3 34% (1,587)
2 11% (529)
1 3% (148)
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