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The Girls from Corona Del Mar by Rufi Thorpe
  

The Girls from Corona Del Mar

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An engaging tale of friendship. We follow the relationship of two Californian schoolgirls, Lorrie Ann and Mia, as they grow from teenagers to young women. It is narrated retrospectively by 28-year old Mia and is entirely from her perspective. Interestingly she is studying the Sumerian legend of Inanna and convinces herself that she is the ‘bad girl’ but had all the good luck, whilst Lorrie Ann, the ‘perfect one’ suffered constant misfortune. That does indeed appear the case but this is Mia’s interpretation, wait ‘til the end and make your own assumptions. Mia considers her family to be dysfunctional, Lorrie Ann’s stable. But their lives reverse their circumstances. It is a fascinating tale well told.

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Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Best friends Mia and Lorrie Anne, grow up together in Corona del Mar, California. Mia is the sexy one and Lorrie Anne the beautiful one; sharing secrets and dreams, they couldn’t imagine life ever changing. But then tragedy hits Lorrie Anne’s family and nothing is quite the same again. Lorrie Anne became the crazy one, and her life goes on a downward trajectory plagued with bad luck and worse choices. Mia wants to be there for her, but there is only so much you can invest in someone, even your best friend. An incredible debut novel of loyalty and friendship, so compelling, we never want it to end.
~ Caroline White

Synopsis

The Girls from Corona Del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

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.

Reviews

'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


About the Author

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.

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Publication date

14th August 2014

Author

Rufi Thorpe

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Publisher

Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Hardback
256 pages

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780091954192

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