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Emma Cline

Forfatter af The Girls

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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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Værker af Emma Cline

The Girls (2016) 3,374 eksemplarer
The Guest (2023) 468 eksemplarer
Daddy: Stories (2020) 230 eksemplarer
Harvey (2020) 18 eksemplarer
Rewards (2021) 8 eksemplarer
Gästen : roman (2023) 4 eksemplarer
Perseids 2 eksemplarer
Arcadia (2016) 2 eksemplarer
Marion 1 eksemplar
White Noise 1 eksemplar
Northeast Regional 1 eksemplar
L'ospite (2023) 1 eksemplar
Vieras (2023) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2018 (2018) — Bidragyder — 254 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 2017 (2017) — Bidragyder — 182 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 2020 (2020) — Bidragyder — 143 eksemplarer
Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists (2017) — Bidragyder — 70 eksemplarer
The Best Short Stories 2021: The O. Henry Prize Winners (2021) — Bidragyder — 63 eksemplarer
Granta 136: Legacies of Love (2013) — Bidragyder — 47 eksemplarer
Granta 152: Still Life (2020) — Bidragyder — 37 eksemplarer

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Emma Cline's prose and imagery is absolutely wonderful here- she paints such tangible and unique expressions of feelings and people and moments. I think she gave a very strong voice to Evie, the young teenage protagonist. One of the things I enjoyed (and appreciated) most about "The Girls" was Cline's insight on girlhood. She's really captured something special in here, and, having been a hormonal, confused, and curious teenage girl myself, I truly loved reading about Evie. Despite the fact that I've been been in a cult or lived in the 70s, Evie felt remarkably relatable.

I've seen several people compare "The Girls" to Jeffery Eugenides "The Virgin Suicides", and I had the same thought while reading this. Both novels offer up a raw look at the life of girls, and neither shy away from the sexuality, the uncomfortable moments, the desires, or the social issues girls have or encounter. There is a quote near the beginning of the novel that really pulled me in:
“I waited to be told what was good about me. [...] All that time I had spent readying myself, the articles that taught me life was really just a waiting room until someone noticed you- the boys had spent that time becoming themselves.”
Cline mentions again and again, in different ways and without spelling it out, the fact that girls are expected to put on a show of sorts for boys, and are expected to primp themselves for the boys wants and needs. Girls behave and try to get a man, while the men do whatever the heck they feel like doing. And the plot of the novel very much backs this up, in a way that is both horrifying and effective.
Another quote:
“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.”

I think the only thing that felt a little imbalanced was the focus on the cult. The climax of the cult narrative feels a bit cut short, and I wanted to know more about AFTER that moment. The ending, while still good, just felt a bit incomplete. Another 100-150 pages would have been fantastic!

I would reread this. I WANT to reread this, and explore it again with a pen, marking bits and taking more from it.
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deborahee | 249 andre anmeldelser | Feb 23, 2024 |
This is a book about users and the used. Alex, a young call girl is both. Her mental illness and sociopathy are made clear throughout the book. Like a spy she makes her living by thinking on her feet and turning every new situation into an opportunity. Her job is to please and she does so very well until she gets sick of it. She is shown in contrast with other young men and women who continue to devote themselves to pleasing, organizing, anticipating, and caring for their rich masters who can live their lives of excess when all the day-to-day business of living is made smooth and peaceful. Why does Alex sabotage herself at every turn? Why is she so blind to reality? Or is the reader left wondering why all the other servants are so blind to reality that they also don't wreak havoc on their overlords? I didn't fall in love with Alex. I didn't fall in love with anyone in this book, but I couldn't stop reading it.… (mere)
Citizenjoyce | 17 andre anmeldelser | Jan 28, 2024 |
I try to not let reviews guide my reading but in this case I saw so many positive reviews from people I trust so I went against my instinct to read this book. It was a mistake.

I guess it speaks to the skill of the author that I was so repelled by the characters. I felt dirty by association just reading about them. I never understood why our main character became enthralled with the cult and I didn't really appreciate her as an adult either.

hmonkeyreads | 249 andre anmeldelser | Jan 25, 2024 |
One of the books I probably wouldn't have gotten around to reading if it weren't for the Millions Tournament of Books. Reminded me of 'Luster' by Raven Leilani and 'Mouth to Mouth' by Antoine Wilson if you combine both those books. (But in my mind, 'Luster' is on a very high pedestal.) OH and both of those just happened to have been Tournament books. Also, not sure if I'm grasping at a connection here to 'The Swimmer' by John Cheever. There really should have been some pool art on this cover. So. many. pools. This poor girl Alex though -- the book is really just a wreck waiting to happen that you just can't look away from. But to me, that can't be the only purpose for a book to propel you to read it. It honestly makes you wonder how many people are actually houseless and just don't want to admit to reality. I guess there is survival in being hopeful and positive. The book was just okay for me. Not enough Tournament Magic enough for me in this one.
*Book #142/340 I have read of the shortlisted Morning News Tournament of Books
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booklove2 | 17 andre anmeldelser | Jan 21, 2024 |



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