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Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can't quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend's life. Until a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall apart further - and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, kind, brave Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is and what that question means about them both. A staggeringly arresting, honest novel of love, motherhood, loyalty, and the myth of the perfect friendship that moves us to ask ourselves just how well we know those we love, what we owe our children, and who we are without our friends.
'Rufi Thorpe's open-hearted, open-eyed debut tells the engrossing story of a long friendship between two complex women and investigates the unpredictable, often baffling ways that luck shapes all of our lives. Generous, soulful, and tough'. -- Maggie Shipstead, bestselling author of SEATING ARRANGEMENTS
'Rufi Thorpe had me at the first line in her funny, sad, delightful debut novel, The Girls from Corona del Mar. A story about friendship, love, loss, and the sheer unexpectedness of life. Reading this book was like getting to know old friends; I was sorry when I turned the last page.' -- Anton DiSclafani, of THE YONAHLOSSEE RIDING CAMP FOR GIRLS
'The Girls from Corona del Mar is one of those rare books that breaks down the wall between reality and fiction; the entire time I read this book I ached as if it were my own best friend whose life was unraveling before me. Day and night I thought of her-I still think of her! Rufi Thorpe is a brilliant writer and this is a beautiful first book' -- Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
'The Girls from Corona del Mar is unflinchingly realistic in its portrayal of life's twists and turns. Yet it's also full of heart. As Thorpe chronicles a complicated friendship across decades, continents and reversals in fortune, she brings to life two unforgettable characters.' -- J. Courtney Sullivan, author of MAINE and THE ENGAGEMENTS
'What's most impressive is its incredible vitality, its searing intensity. Turn off your phone, close the blinds, and let it take you.' -- Ann Packer, author of THE DIVE FROM CLAUSEN'S PIER
Publication date: 02/04/2015
Publisher: Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone
Publication date: 14/08/2014
Publisher: Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone
|Publication date:||14th August 2014|
|Publisher:||Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories,|
Rufi Thorpe received her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2009. Currently, she lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and son. The Girls from Corona del Mar is her first novel.More About Rufi Thorpe