By Rufi Thorpe

Rufi Thorpe received her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2009. Her debut novel, The Girls From Corona del Mar, was published by Knopf July 2014, and is out in paperback from Vintage in June 2015. A native of California, she currently lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two children.

  1. When I first met my best friend, S, we were fifteen. We both immediately agreed that we wished, more than anything, that we’d been born boys. We spent hours, melted by the central California heat, sprawled in tall grass and eating chocolate bars, discussing exactly what we would do if we were men: places we would travel, risks we would take, sexual adventures we would have, mustaches we would grow. The main problem with being…

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