The Girls

The Girls

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** The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller **
** The New York Times Top Ten Bestseller **

The UK's best selling hardback debut novel of 2016
Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in the Evening Standard, Observer and The Times


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?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 26mm | 479g
  • Chatto & Windus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781784740450
  • 19,941

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"A coming-of-age tale like no other ... the book of the summer" Grazia
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A coming-of-age tale like no other ... the book of the summer * Grazia * Stunning...thrilling... A spectacular achievement * The Times * This book will break your heart and blow your mind * Lena Dunham * The read of the summer -- India Knight * Sunday Times * A tense and claustrophobic read * Stylist *
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About Emma Cline

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.
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184,650 ratings
3.49 out of 5 stars
5 16% (28,653)
4 35% (65,423)
3 35% (63,745)
2 12% (21,455)
1 3% (5,374)
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