The Girls: A Novel

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THE INSTANT BESTSELLER • An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong

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Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.

Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize • Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award • Shortlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize • The New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice • Emma Cline—One of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Praise for The Girls

“Emma Cline has an unparalleled eye for the intricacies of girlhood, turning the stuff of myth into something altogether more intimate.”—Lena Dunham

“Spellbinding . . . a seductive and arresting coming-of-age story.”The New York Times Book Review

“Extraordinary . . . Debut novels like this are rare, indeed.”The Washington Post

“Hypnotic.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Gorgeous.”—Los Angeles Times

“Savage.”—The Guardian

“Astonishing.”—The Boston Globe

“Superbly written.”—James Wood, The New Yorker

“Intensely consuming.”—Richard Ford

“A spectacular achievement.”—Lucy Atkins, The Times

“Thrilling.”—Jennifer Egan

“Compelling and startling.”—The Economist

“Elegant and nostalgic.”—Julie Beck, The Atlantic

“Masterful . . . In the cult dynamic, Cline has seen something universal—emotions, appetites, and regular human needs warped way out of proportion—and in her novel she’s converted a quintessentially ’60s story into something timeless.”—Christian Lorentzen, New York
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About the author

Emma Cline was the winner of The Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize in 2014. She is from California.
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Jun 14, 2016
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Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Psychological
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No final da década de 1960, a jovem Evie Boyd vive sozinha com a mãe no norte da Califórnia. Aos quatorze anos, imersa em inúmeras questões de autoaceitação, ela se sente muito desconfortável com o próprio corpo e tem apenas uma pessoa com quem contar: Connie, sua amiga de infância. No início do verão, uma briga faz com que as duas se afastem, e Evie encontra um novo grupo: garotas que demonstram extrema liberdade, usam roupas desleixadas e emanam uma atmosfera de abandono que a deixa fascinada. A jovem logo percebe que já está sob o poder e o domínio de Suzanne, a mais velha do grupo, e acaba entrando em um culto sombrio, liderado pelo carismático Russell Hadrick.

O rancho do grupo é um lugar estranho e decadente, mas, aos olhos da adolescente, parece exótico, com uma energia singular. Evie descobre que as garotas cozinham, limpam e prestam até mesmo serviços sexuais para Russell, que proclama um desejo de libertar as pessoas do sistema. Evie quer apenas ser aceita pelos outros integrantes, principalmente por Suzanne. É sua chance de se sentir amada e pertencente a algo. Conforme sua obsessão por Suzanne se intensifica, ela não percebe que se aproxima de uma violência inacreditável. Contada por Evie já adulta e ainda abalada, a narrativa é um impressionante retrato de garotas que se tornam mulheres.

Denso e de ritmo surpreendente, o romance de estreia de Emma Cline é escrito com precisão e perspicácia ao construir os perfis psicológicos dos personagens. As garotas aborda mais que uma noite de violência – é sobretudo um relato do mal que causamos a nós mesmos e aos outros na ânsia por pertencimento e aceitação. 

 Dziewczyny – ich kruchość, siła, pragnienie przynależności – to istota tej olśniewającej powieści dla czytelnikówPrzekleństw niewinności Jeffreya Eugenidesa oraz Zanim dopadnie nas czas Jennifer Egan.

Północna Kalifornia, pełen przemocy koniec lat sześćdziesiątych dwudziestego wieku. Na początku lata samotna i wrażliwa nastolatka Evie Boyd widzi grupę dziewcząt w parku i od pierwszego spojrzenia uwodzi ją ich wolność, niedbały ubiór, niebezpieczna aura nieskrępowania. Wkrótce Evie ulega całkowicie wpływowi Suzanne, hipnotyzującej starszej dziewczyny, i jak magnes przyciąga ją sekta, która wkrótce ma zyskać złą sławę, oraz mężczyzna będący jej charyzmatycznym liderem.

Ukryte wśród wzgórz rozległe ranczo jest upiorne i zrujnowane, Evie jednak odbiera je jako egzotyczne, ekscytujące, energetyczne – miejsce, w którym rozpaczliwie pragnie zostać zaakceptowana. Spędza coraz więcej czasu z dala od matki i rytmu codziennego życia, jej obsesja na punkcie Suzanne przybiera na sile i Evie nie uświadamia sobie, że krok po kroku zbliża się do niewiarygodnej przemocy, do tej chwili w życiu dziewczyny, kiedy wszystko może się potoczyć w przerażającym kierunku.

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Califòrnia. Estiu de 1969. L’Evie, una adolescent a punt d’endinsar-se en l’incert món dels adults, es fixa en un grup de noies en un parc: vesteixen de manera descuidada, van descalces i semblen viure felices i despreocupades, al marge de les normes. Al cap d’uns dies, una trobada fortuïta propiciarà que una de les noies –la Suzanne, una mica més gran que l’Evie– la convidi a acompanyar-les. Viuen en un ranxo solitari i formen part d’una comuna que gira al voltant d’en Russell, músic frustrat, líder, guru. Fascinada, l’Evie es deixa anar en una espiral de drogues psicodèliques i amor lliure, de manipulació mental i sexual, que farà que perdi el contacte amb la família i amb el món exterior. I la deriva d’aquest grup que esdevé secta dominada per una paranoia creixent desembocarà en un acte extrem de violència... La debutant Emma Cline construeix un retrat excepcionalment madur de la fragilitat adolescent i del tempestuós procés de fer-se adult. També aborda el tema de la culpa i les decisions que ens marquen la vida. I recrea aquells anys de pau i amor, d’idealisme hippie, en què també germinava una cara fosca, molt fosca. L’autora s’inspira lliurement en un episodi cèlebre de la crònica negra americana: la matança perpetrada per Charles Manson i el seu clan. Però no se centra en la figura del psicòpata, sinó en unes altres protagonistes: les noies que van contribuir a perpetrar un crim atroç i que no van perdre el somriure durant el judici. D’elles tracta aquesta novel·la enlluernadora i inquietant.
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