The Girls by Emma Cline

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cline’s debut novel is a masterclass of how literary (and at times poetic) detail can both advance the plot and reveal character in a single stroke. The perennial male gaze upon the female characters gets subverted by become a female gaze, with all the dark understanding and thought processes that women experience. Even though the plot is simply a reinterpretation of the Manson murders, that’s simply a tool for Cline to focus on the setting and the characters–with tremendous effect.

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