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"This mesmerizing debut novel is loosely based on Charles Manson and the murders in 1969. However, the focus of the story is Evie Boyd, a fourteen year old girl who finds herself drawn to the Ranch, a community of hippies, and their charismatic leader, Russell. Evie’s parents are divorced, and she is caught in the crevice between them, desperately wanting to be noticed and to fit in. She draws the attention of Suzanne, one of Russell’s girls, who sees her as a source of money and food. Little by little, Evie is brought under the spell of the Ranch, staying there for periods of time and lying to her mother. This novel speaks directly to the heart of what it means to walk through the world as a teenage girl, the desperate longing for acceptance, and the yearning for love and attention. Perhaps, also, the willingness to do almost anything to maintain that sense of belonging once it is found."

— Sharon K. Nagel


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

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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Product Details
ISBN: 9780812998603
ISBN-10: 081299860X
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: June 14th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English