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The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

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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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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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


The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

This is longlisted for the 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize. It is a fiercely beautiful novel about friendship and the ties that bind us. 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.

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'This debut from Rufi Thorpe grips immediately, with the sharp compelling pressure of a friend grabbing your hand in pain ... a brilliantly written, probing, uneasy look at a damaged friendship between two women.' Independent on Sunday

'Observant, sometimes funny and continuously thought-provoking, the novel delves into the meaning of friendship, motherhood, freedom, truth and lies.' Daily Mail

'The Girls From Corona del Mar is a knockout of a debut novel ... Her worldly, rambunctious, feminist, morally interrogative prose style galvanizes -every episode with smart, almost cosmic insights, tough talk, elegiac moments of love, dumb wonder, and, of course, further tragic events. Elle Her depiction of female friendship is engaging and sharply observed ... Seldom has Schadenfreude been more appetisingly packaged.' New Statesman

'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

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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2nd April 2015


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Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone


256 pages


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