The Burning Girl (Paperback)

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September 2017 Indie Next List

“Claire Messud is one of our most talented storytellers. Her latest, The Burning Girl, is a crystalline evocation of the deep friendships that develop between teenage girls, a bond unlike any other. Messud traverses the fraught alliances and raw emotions of high school, reminding us that these ordinary rites of passage can have extraordinary consequences. Messud's writing is deft and immersive, her character development sharp and perceptive. The novel recreates the pain of first realizing that it is impossible to fully know another, that our self-narratives reflect how we want to be seen but not who we actually are.”
— Lori Feathers, Interabang Books, Dallas, TX


Named one of the best books of the year by theLos Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, NPR, Financial Times, Town & Country, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Refinery29, and Literary Hub " A] masterwork of psychological fiction...Messud teases readers with a psychological mystery, withholding information and then cannily parceling it out." Chicago Tribune
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393356052
ISBN-10: 0393356051
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Pages: 256
Language: English