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Emma Cline

Autor(a) de The Girls

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About the Author

Emma Cline is the writer of the novel,The Girls and was the recipient of the Paris Review Plimpton Prize. In 2017, she was one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Obras por Emma Cline

The Girls (2016) 3,457 exemplares
The Guest (2023) 540 exemplares
Daddy: Stories (2020) 240 exemplares
Harvey (2020) 18 exemplares
Rewards (2021) 8 exemplares
Perseids 2 exemplares
Arcadia (2016) 2 exemplares
Marion 1 exemplar
White Noise 1 exemplar
Northeast Regional 1 exemplar
Gästen 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 264 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2017 (2017) — Contribuidor — 188 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2020 (2020) — Contribuidor — 148 exemplares
Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists (2017) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
The Best Short Stories 2021: The O. Henry Prize Winners (2021) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
Granta 136: Legacies of Love (2013) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
Granta 152: Still Life (2020) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



"We all want to be seen."

By now, many GR participants have likely seen at least a half a dozen reviews in their feed for 2016's "It" book of the summer -- [b:The Girls|26893819|The Girls|Emma Cline|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1464528839s/26893819.jpg|42856015] -- a fictionalized account of a cult based on the Manson Family.

You'll read reviews that say the author is an amazingly good writer (she is); that the book starts off very slowly, but that you should stick with it (you should); that it's very disturbing (yes); and lots and lots of opinions about whether Emma Cline should have based this on the Manson murders or chosen another plot line.

Since there are so many other reviews discussing the Manson plot line of this book, I'd like to focus my review on what seemed like the most obvious and pressing theme of the book for me -- how girls/women see themselves and each other, and the relationship between the sexes.

The book centers on Evie Boyd, a rootless 14-year old child of divorce in 1969. Her parents are too busy in their own new lives to pay much attention to her. We see her in the present day, and in flashbacks. As a teen she's unsure of herself and desperate for the attention of the boys in her circle of friends.

“That was part of being a girl--you were resigned to whatever feedback you'd get. If you got mad, you were crazy, and if you didn't react, you were a bitch. The only thing you could do was smile from the corner they'd backed you into. Implicate yourself in the joke even if the joke was always on you.”

Even as a middle-aged woman, Evie laments, "Poor girls. The world fattens them on the promise of love. How badly they need it and how little most of them will ever get. The treacle pop songs. The dresses described in catalogs with words like 'sunset' or 'Paris.' But the dreams are taken away with such violent force. The hand wrenching the button of the jeans. Nobody looking at the man shouting at his girlfriend on the bus."

Evie's low self-worth as a teen sends her running to cult, looking for acceptance and someone to "see" her. She's manipulated by the cult leader and other men there -- and by the women -- and knows she's being manipulated, yet still yearns to belong.

In the modern day setting we see Evie trying to help to another young woman who is being harassed by two men. It seems as though Emma Cline wants to show us that little has changed from 1969 to 2016.

This book is disturbing not just because of the gruesome descriptions of terrible crimes, but also by the aching descriptions of hurting hearts and casual disrespect of human dignity. My guess is that this is exactly the point Emma Cline is trying to make.

4 stars. I look forward to more from this talented author.

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for a galley of this book. Although I was given a galley, I listened to the audiobook which was excellent.

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jj24 | 251 outras críticas | May 27, 2024 |
[b:The Guest|61986136|The Guest|Emma Cline|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1666574413l/61986136._SY75_.jpg|55018560] by Emma Cline was a disappointing book with an unresolved ending after following the disaffected main character through the seductive Long Island landscape and many pages. Mesmerizing enough to keep me plodding on to see how she finagles yet another man and maintains her optimism that her lover will take her back, but not satisfying, in the end, despite the effort of the author. Cline's other book, [b:The Girls|26889925|The Girls|Emma Cline|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1453058712l/26889925._SY75_.jpg|42856015], was much more appealing to me in plot and writing.… (mais)
featherbooks | 21 outras críticas | May 7, 2024 |
Burned through… but dislike ending. No ending.
SBG1962 | 21 outras críticas | May 2, 2024 |
Always a treat to read an Emma Cline book. I love The Girls very much. Cline writes so well, so frighteningly well, about white American girlhood, about the hunger for attention ingrained in girls that gives way in her stories to a moral unmooring, a need that outstrips all else. Always it’s impossible to dismiss the characters as perpetrators and always it’s impossible to accept them as victims. There is a real troubling murk that Cline can conjour better than anyone else.

This book was less riveting to me. It hung too much on the party at the end of the week she just had to get to. It hung way too much. The episodes in which the protag conned various upper crust dupes into doing her bidding started to feel predictable and repetitious. Lots of reviews and Tik Tok videos made a lot of the ending but it felt like too little too late to me. Of course all of these choices could be read as thematically pointed but that feels like a cop out to me. But that mood, that sense of girlhood forked out and snapped on its own supply—nobody does it like Cline.… (mais)
wordlikeabell | 21 outras críticas | Apr 8, 2024 |



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