The Girls

Emily Witt writes:

Early on in Emma Cline’s novel The Girls, the sound of intruders wakens a middle-aged woman sleeping alone in a borrowed house. The woman is Evie Boyd, who survived a summer hanging around a Manson-like cult in 1969, when she was 14. Forty or so years later she is out of work, staying in her friend Dan’s vacation house, doing nothing and seeing no one. ‘I ate in the blunt way I had as a child – a glut of spaghetti, mossed with cheese,’ she says. ‘I watered Dan’s plants once a week.’

(LRB 8 September 2016)

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