The Terrible Girls

The Terrible Girls

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Paperback, Pages: 136

Genres: Short Stories, Fiction, GLBT, Queer

Language: English

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The girls on the prowl in The Terrible Girls are indeed terrible—relentless in love, ruthless in betrayal. These thematically linked stories depict a contemporary Gothic world in which body parts are traded for love, wounds never heal, and self-sacrifice is often the only way out.

In this brilliantly original work, Rebecca Brown gives us haunting parables of betrayal and love, of loss and resurrection, of loneliness and solidarity. Like a modern Djuna Barnes, Brown creates a language of telling that is fiercely beautiful and honest. This book is a love story unlike any you have read before. Its subversive and passionate transformation carry the lesbian literary voice onto the 21st century. —Joan Nestle

A dry, witty, graceful–if savage–gift. —Mary Gaitskill

The Terrible Girls comes from one of the fiercest, most potent, original writers around: a bloody flayer of skins, both others and her own... a work of possessed and persuasive visionary power. —The Listener

The Terrible Girls is a powerful account of erotic love which exchanges the comforts of illusion for more complex and less certain rewards. —The Times Literary Supplement

Rebecca Brown is the winner of the 2003 Washington State Book Award. Her books, which are all published by City Lights, include: The Haunted House, The Terrible Girls, The End of Youth, The Last Time I Saw You, and The Dogs, Annie Oakleys Girl. She was awarded a Genius Award and grant from Seattles weekly magazine, The Stranger.

Reader Reviews
  •    Fauzshura Cuardrado
    2020
    If you are a writer, this is a must read. Even if you are not a writer, this is a fantastic read. Rebecca Brown has a sparse writing style where no word is frivolous. The Terrible Girls can be read as a collection of short stories or as an interconnected whole that explores an emotional journey using fiction to express what cannot always be expressed in telling the truth in detail. If you are in a bookstore and happen along this book, just pull it out and start reading one of the stories, it will undoubtedly draw you in. Better yet, read it with a friend, as there are unending intrigues to discuss.
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