Emma Cline's debut novel, THE GIRLS, is out today from Random House. A rudderless girl finds herself at the flashpoint of a stumbling and dangerous counter-culture in the summer of 1969 in this stunning debut from a brilliant new voice in American fiction.
THE GIRLS has been receiving some amazing reviews and advance praise.
“The Girls is a seductive and arresting coming-of-age story hinged on Charles Manson, told in sentences at times so finely wrought they could almost be worn as jewelry…a spellbinding story. Cline gorgeously maps the topography of one loneliness-ravaged adolescent heart. She gives us the fictional truth of a girl chasing danger beyond her comprehension, in a summer of Longing and Loss.”—Dylan Landis, The New York Times
“Cline is already a talented stylist…At her frequent best, Cline sees the world exactly and generously. On every other page, it seems, there is something remarkable—an immaculate phrase, a boldly modifying adverb, a metaphor or simile that makes a sudden, electric connection between its poles….Much of this has to do with Cline’s ability to look again, like a painter, and see (or sense) things better than most of us do.” - James Wood, The New Yorker