I think what first caught my attention about this book was neither the vintage cover nor the very simple title but rather this rave review ...

'This book will break your heart and blow your mind.' Lena Dunham

I mean who wouldn't want to read a book with such a review right?

So for a first-time novelist who has already received many accolades, it seems as though this book arrives on our shores with much anticipation.
The Girls by Emma Cline will be proudly released by Penguin Random House SA in June 2016.

California. The summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering counterculture a young girl is unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the cusp of adulthood, will shape her life....

Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and the sidewalks radiate heat.

Until she sees them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair, long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls.

And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways.

Was there a warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever?

‘I don’t know which is more amazing, Emma Cline’s understanding of human beings or her mastery of language.’ Mark Haddon

Emma Cline is from California. Her fiction has appeared in Tin House and The Paris Review. She was the recipient of the 2014 Paris Review Plimpton Prize for Fiction.

I know I'm looking forward to hopefully getting my hands on a copy.

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