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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

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
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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

"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
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Emma Cline was the winner of The Paris Review's Plimpton Prize in 2014. She is from California.
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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 368
Erscheinungsdatum 14.06.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-8129-9860-3
Verlag Random House US
Maße (L/B/H) 21,6/14,6/3,5 cm
Gewicht 487 g
Buch (gebundene Ausgabe, Englisch)
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auf der Suche nach dem Sinn des Lebens
von Tina Bauer aus Essingen am 27.08.2016
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Wir starten mit Emma Clines „The Girls“ ins Jahr 1969 und lernen Evie kennen, die sich als Teenie so durch den Alltag schleppt. Sie trifft eines Tages auf Suzanne, die für Evie die Verkörperung der Zukunft darstellt. Frei, mutig und voller Leben. Das erhofft sich auch Evie, als sie... Wir starten mit Emma Clines „The Girls“ ins Jahr 1969 und lernen Evie kennen, die sich als Teenie so durch den Alltag schleppt. Sie trifft eines Tages auf Suzanne, die für Evie die Verkörperung der Zukunft darstellt. Frei, mutig und voller Leben. Das erhofft sich auch Evie, als sie sich Suzanne und der kommunenhaften Verbindung Rund um Russell anschließt. Doch Evie blickt in diesem Buch auf sich und auf ihr bisheriges Leben zurück und stellt fest, das Freiheit doch ein großer Begriff ist und war und sie diese immer noch nicht für sich gefunden hat. Emma Clines Buch zeigt einen Ausschnitt in den damaligen American Dream mit seiner Sucht nach Freiheit, Drogen und einem Leben ohne Verbindlichkeiten. Für die einen endete es mit einem abrupten Aufwachen und für viele andere mit einem nicht enden wollenden Leben auf der Suche nach dem Sinn des eigenen Daseins.

The Girls
von miss.mesmerized am 29.05.2016

Summer of 1969. The summer which will change everything for 14-year-old Evie. With her parents, after their divorce, looking for new partners, her best friend Connie suddenly reserved, Evie finds herself alone when she meets Suzanne. The young woman is a couple of years older and fascinates the teenager... Summer of 1969. The summer which will change everything for 14-year-old Evie. With her parents, after their divorce, looking for new partners, her best friend Connie suddenly reserved, Evie finds herself alone when she meets Suzanne. The young woman is a couple of years older and fascinates the teenager at once. Suzanne introduces her to a community at a ranch where Russell acts as some kind of messiah. Everybody is easy and free there, Evie finds the love she is denied by her parents who seem to have forgotten about their daughter. But slowly the small sect develops into a very bad direction and their leader has a violent plan. Emma Cline’s novel is loosely based on the famous Charles Manson commune and murder of Sharon Tate. Yet, this is not in the focus of the novel which is narrated from the point of view of Evie. It is easy to see and understand how she is attracted by the cult, what the people there can give her that her parents cannot and how they can easily manipulate her in accepting abuse and turning this into something she herself almost demands. It is especially the character of Russell which could convince me, how his charisma can attract people and make them follow him without asking questions. Forlorn souls are easy prey, influenced and finally maneuvered into headless soldiers. There is an underlying sadness in the story, being told in retrospect you can see that the girl from then never managed to build good relationships afterwards, that she still is lonesome and prone to any kind of affection. This design of a character is a real success because these kind of people exist in the real world and they are a danger due to their weakness and frailty. Looking at the Middle East right now, we can easily see that what Russell does in the novel is an actuality for many especially young men and women. All in all, a portrait of a generation who wanted to be free and came under tyranny, of a girl who wanted to be loved and was pushed even further away, of human behavior in its most evil shape.