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Girls (1997) [Novel]
by Frederick Busch Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

In the unrelenting cold and bitter winter of upstate New York, Jack and his wife, Fanny, are trying to cope with the desperate sorrow they feel over the death of their young daughter. The loss forms a chasm in their relationship as Jack, a sardonic Vietnam vet, looks for a way to heal them both.

Then, in a nearby town, a fourteen-year-old girl disappears somewhere between her home and church. Though she is just one of the hundreds of children who vanish every year in America, Jack turns all his attention to this little girl. For finding what has become of this child could be Jack's salvation, if he can just get to her in time.

Original title: Girls
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTragedy And Loss
FictionGeneral FictionTroubled Lives

Edition #1: Girls

Girls (1997)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Girls is about as close to perfect as a novel gets. Its prose is clean and strong but never advertises its own quiet brilliance, its characters are sharply defined and irresistible, and its plot is suspenseful enough to keep you up until dawn." Men's Journal
  • "Combining the quick pace of a detective story with the bold poetics of a literary work, Frederick Busch's taut new novel, Girls, is a dark, compulsively readable drama...From the makings of an all-too-common evening-news item, Busch has fashioned a novel of considerable weight and dimension. By imbuing the lurid with the introspective, he has given a stock story intelligence, humanity, and terrific range." Elle
  • "It is a dark tale, but it's told with an economical mastery and intensity that only a few current novelists can command. Busch even manages to create a dog who is real, touching but never cute, and the perfect life-enhancing foil for the human sorrows around him." Publishers Weekly
  • "This well-written and engrossing novel is part mystery and part exploration of how grief can manhandle a marriage." Booklist
  • "Girls is about pain and what happens when pain can't find its way out of the human vessel...Girls is unusually entertaining...In the end, this is a chilling story about the guilt of adulthood." Time Out
  • "Though the crime story is intriguing, it is Jack's growing insight about his marriage, his town, and himself that transforms this page-turner about lost children into a tender and eloquent examination of the even greater mystery that is the human heart." Glamour
  • "Fierce, wise, gripping and true, Girls marks the continuing evolution of a first-rate American storyteller...the triumph of Girls is in its clear-eyed compassion for all those who try to flee from the bedrock realities of ther lives." The New York Times Book Review
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Manifested in:

Girls (March 1998)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780449912638
Dimensions: 5.36 x 7.9 x .70 in
Pages: 304

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