"Ingenious…Crane’s prose is thoughtful and haunting; she expertly brings characters to life... The multivoice structure fits the story perfectly, resulting in a stellar examination of female relationships."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Sorority is a dark look behind the closed doors of Greek life, diving deeply into each of the sisters' lives as we discover their secrets, their fears, and how the death of a sister affects them. Evocative of The Virgin Suicides and Girls in White Dresses, this debut novel is utterly mesmerizing."
"This book will eat you alive. It's messy, nasty, merciless, hilarious, and razor sharp, just like the young women it's about. It made me wince and squirm and flinch and I loved every single minute of it."
—Kristen Roupenian, author of “Cat Person” and the forthcoming You Know You Want This
"Sharp, inventive, and compulsively readable, Sorority takes a dark deep dive into the complex underworld of the infamous sorority house. Under Crane's command, these sisters' stories tangle brilliantly, creating a chorus that is as tender as it is tortured, revealing so much about the female experience at large."
—Molly Prentiss, author of Tuesday Nights in 1980
"Crane, once a sorority sister herself, skillfully reproduces sorority life: the particular cruel caring of these friendships, the intensity of this way station before the adult world, the way the decisions made during that time can stay with a young woman… [an] unflinching depiction of hardhearted girls growing up."
"I can think of no reasons not to read this dark novel about the swirling social world of college sisterhood."
"If you're looking for mesmerizing prose and fascinating female characters, then you're going to want to move Crane's debut to the top of your reading list.”
“Throughout the multivoice narrative, Sorority peers into the lives, minds, and hearts of incredibly complex women that readers won't be able to stop thinking about."
“Without pulling any punches, Crane dives headfirst into the dark waters that is Greek life, never shying away from showing the deviant side of sisterhood, the sting of betrayal, the pressures from co-eds, or the temptation of drugs and alcohol. The effect not only creates a compulsively readable book, but a compelling examination of female friendship and the unsteady transition from girl to woman.”
“By turns wickedly humorous and deeply haunting, Sorority isn't a whodunit, but Crane's prose turns it into something of a addictive page-turner. The writing throughout the book is beautiful and darkly enchanting...”
“Sorority has everything you would expect from a book with its name… but Crane's book it is so much more than that. It's a deft and thoughtful look at the dangerous journey girl to woman, one fraught with heartbreak, tragedy, and trauma.”
“When you come to the end of Sorority you will not find a happy ending, or really, any concrete ending at all. What will find, though, is the sudden urge to dive in and read it all over again, because stories like these get under your skin and never quite leave you alone again.”
About the Author
Genevieve Sly Crane was the Pledge Mistress of her own sorority. She graduated from Stony Brook University with her MFA in Creative Writing and Literature in 2013. Her work has appeared in the Southampton Review and American Short Fiction. Her story """"Endings, Bright and Ugly"""" was a finalist in the 2017 American Short(er) Fiction Prize. She teaches in the Department of English at Monroe College.