The Burning Girl (Hardcover)

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Claire Messud clearly remembers being best, BEST friends with someone when in her early school years.  This story of two girls from different backgrounds, joined at the hip when they were in nursery school until middle school, is evocative of myself and my own best friend. We diverged, as do the characters in this well-delineated story.  We love both Julia (Juju) and Cassie, the girl with the white “burning” hair, but know that the closeness they feel, in particular one summer, is inevitably going to come to a close. Their sense of one another, however, lasts eternally. Also available in eBook and audiobook.

-Recommended by Katie

— From July 2017 Staff Picks


Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship. The Burning Girl is a complex examination of the stories we tell ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles, expertly, childhood's imaginary worlds and painful adult reality--crafting a true, immediate portrait of female adolescence.

Claire Messud, one of our finest novelists, is as accomplished at weaving a compelling fictional world as she is at asking the big questions: To what extent can we know ourselves and others? What are the stories we create to comprehend our lives and relationships? Brilliantly mixing fable and coming-of-age tale, The Burning Girl gets to the heart of these matters in an absolutely irresistible way.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780393635027
ISBN-10: 0393635023
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English