"Emma Cline has an unparalleled eye for the intricacies of girlhood, turning the stuff of myth into something altogether more intimate. The Girls destroys our ability to consider violence a foreign territory, and reminds us that behind so many of our culture's fables exists a girl: unseen, unheard, angry. This book will break your heart and blow your mind." -- Lena Dunham "Cline's book is stunning, exceeding all expectations. It's a thrilling read, not because of the sensationalist content, but despite it. She writes like an old soul, noticing things that others miss, seeing deeply... The Girls is a spectacular achievement." -- Alex O'Connell The Times "What an exhilarating read. Dream-like and heady, nuanced and complicated, I especially loved the needle-sharp observations about how young women let themselves be used, ignored and manipulated. An enjoyable and an important book." -- Emma Healey "Your beachside reading sorted... The Girls is one of the best novels I've read about female adolescence... it follows on from Elena Ferrante's feted Neopolitan quartet in its exploration of female relationships...Cline tells an all-consuming tale where the women's stories are the stories that matter. And as with so many novels about cults, The Girls is set to inspire a cultish devotion all of its own." -- Johanna Thomas-Corr Evening Standard "The Girls is a brilliant and intensely consuming novel -- imposing not just for a writer so young, but for any writer, any time" Richard Ford
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.