For September, we have chosen the novel, The Burning Girl, by Claire Messud. Named as one of PopSugar’s “Must Read Summer Books” and labeled “haunting and emotionally gripping” by Publisher’s Weekly, The Burning Girl is a mesmerizing story about the friendship between two adolescent girls and how that friendship evolves and ultimately unravels.
Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship. The Burning Girl is a complex examination of the stories we tell ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles, expertly, childhood’s imaginary worlds and painful adult reality—crafting a true, immediate portrait of female adolescence.