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The Burning Girl: A Novel Kindle Edition
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― The New Yorker
"[Messud] is an absolute master storyteller and bafflingly good writer…It is that combination of imagination and skill that makes The Burning Girl exceptional…It amplifies that subtle, piercing shift between Cassie and Julia, made brighter by passages of sheer splendorous prose."
― Rebecca Carroll, Los Angeles Times
"[A] masterwork of psychological fiction…Messud teases readers with a psychological mystery, withholding information and then cannily parceling it out."
― Julia Klein, Chicago Tribune
"Ms. Messud is at her most incisive in exploring the volatile transition from childhood to adolescence."
― Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal
"Messud is psychologically astute about her characters and about the competing social and familial pressures…that make adolescent friendship and its dissolution so fraught."
― Boston Globe
"[Messud] has specialized in creating unusual female characters with ferocious, imaginative inner lives…Long before the recent success of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan tetralogy, which tells of the complex, often vexed, lifelong friendship between two women, Messud was narrating these stories with an unusual intensity―and quietly making a case for women’s interiority as a subject worthy of the most serious examination."
― Ruth Franklin, New York Times Magazine
"Messud is committed to the deep emotional excavation of her characters, revealing and exploring the complex inner impulses that fuel their stories…the author's prose and insights are breathtaking…With this novel, Messud brings her own particular brand of astuteness and emotional intelligence through her careful and thoughtful prose."
― San Francisco Chronicle
"The kind of book more common in the middle of the twentieth century than it is today; novels written for adults in the first-person voice of a child or adolescent but entirely accessible to readers of their protagonists’ age. You’ll know the ones I mean, school classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Catcher in the Rye…The Burning Girl has a more sophisticated structure, in its unobtrusive handling of the relation between its narrative voice and Julia’s younger self, and its moral complexities seem greater too."
― Michael Gorra, New York Review of Books
"Slim but impactful…The Burning Girl asks how well we can ever know our closest confidants and answers its own question with every refined page."
― Vanity Fair
"[An] intense coming-of-age novel. . . . Messud captures the complicated nature of contemporary adolescence through a nuanced portrait of childhood love and loyalty deteriorating under the pressure of approaching adulthood."
― Jane Ciabattari, BBC --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B06XH4WFB1
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (August 29, 2017)
- Publication date : August 29, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 718 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 248 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #132,736 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It is that story, but it can be told again and again in different contexts. I got sucked in as I read. Is it my imagination that the writing got better? Anyway, I moved from ticking off the boxes--yup, their closeness as involving imaginative invention, the gradual defection of the less privileged child, the ambivalence of the narrator, the inexplicable resistance of the less privileged (and more interesting) character to closeness with her former friend, and in the end--. Well, this isn't the place to reveal the ending. But it follows the pattern.
But Messud is a fine novelist and the characters and descriptions get more layered as the story progresses. Along the way she claims her own fictional landscape. My one quibble is that I don't find the narrator quite believable, but since Messud was widely and wrongly, I think, criticized for writing an "unsympathetic" protagonist and narrator in The Woman Upstairs, I'm reluctant to follow up on this criticism. It may be the fault of my reading.
For the record, I loved The Woman Upstairs, thought it was gutsy and aesthetically compelling of the author to have given us a passive, insecure protagonist. What is incredible to me is that so many readers thought she was somehow wrong to do so.
Most girls grow up experiencing all the glory, villainous, fearful, treacherous feelings,Juju explains in this,narrative about how it feels to be a young woman aware of her periphery life as a female growing up. Its heartache, the strange power achieved by simply growing into womanhood, along with the ever present sinister fears we have all felt as vulnerable females in a,world dominated by the physically bigger and stronger males that make up our lives. Not because we are weak, but possibly because we are strong but our bodies are physically smaller than men . If I could sum this story up.
, it's not so much about the events that take place as it is the transformation that takes place inside Juju as,she begins to understand the workings of our world.
A sort of modern day Tree Grows in Brooklyn, it is a,story about a girl and how it feels to become a,woman .