If you are not familiar with the Emily Books Book Club, or simply have that condition where you struggle to form short-term memories, you may click here. Maybe you already did! We skipped November because of a) laziness, and b) Middlemarch. But now we’re here to read, and we’re can’t stop.
This month, we’re reading THE TERRIBLE GIRLS. We have a lovely discount code for you at the bottom of the post, and our discussion will run later in December. I’ll be talking about this one with Ruth Curry, because why should Emily have all the fun? Now, let’s learn more about these girls, and their terribleness:
Welcome to The Terrible Girls, where ex-lovers never leave and all packages must be treated with extreme suspicion. This collection of linked stories has much in common stylistically with the work of Lydia Davis and Diane Williams, but its mesmerizing combination of dread, heartbreak, and gallows humor is all its own.
In one of these stories, an amputated limb, bronzed and hung above the mantel, serves as a token of loyalty. In another, a colorful candy heart is mercilessly ripped from the chest of a former flame. These stories describe a dystopia where love is vicious and betrayal is imminent. In this world, girls have no choice but to be ruthless. Though surreal and dreamlike and fantastical, it also might be … the real world we all inhabit!
Rebecca Brown has written 12 books. Her novel, The Gifts of the Body, is one of the best and saddest books we’ve ever read. It won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction in 1995.
Sounds pretty cool, right? I’m into it. Let’s go read.
Nicole is an Editor of The Toast.