Girls on Fire: A Novel

Hardcover | May 17, 2016

byRobin Wasserman

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An NPR Best Book of the Year • A Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year

"Like lightning in a bottle, Robin Wasserman’s Girls on Fire captures girlhood friendship in all its shattering intensity. A captivating, terrifying novel, and one you won’t forget.” —Megan Abbott

On Halloween, 1991, a popular high school basketball star ventures into the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, and disappears. Three days later, he’s found with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand—a discovery that sends tremors through this conservative community, already unnerved by growing rumors of Satanic worship in the region.

In the wake of this incident, bright but lonely Hannah Dexter is befriended by Lacey Champlain, a dark-eyed, Cobain-worshiping bad influence in lip gloss and Doc Martens. The charismatic, seductive Lacey forges a fast, intimate bond with the impressionable Dex, making her over in her own image and unleashing a fierce defiance that neither girl expected. But as Lacey gradually lures Dex away from her safe life into a feverish spiral of obsession, rebellion, and ever greater risk, an unwelcome figure appears on the horizon—and Lacey’s secret history collides with Dex’s worst nightmare.

By turns a shocking story of love and violence and an addictive portrait of the intoxication of female friendship, set against the unsettled backdrop of a town gripped by moral panic, Girls on Fire is an unflinching and unforgettable snapshot of girlhood: girls lost and found, girls strong and weak, girls who burn bright and brighter—and some who flicker away.

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An NPR Best Book of the Year • A Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year"Like lightning in a bottle, Robin Wasserman’s Girls on Fire captures girlhood friendship in all its shattering intensity. A captivating, terrifying novel, and one you won’t forget.” —Megan AbbottOn Halloween, 1991, a popular high school basketball star ventures into the wo...

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Three girls went intothe woods; two came out. It sounds like a joke, or a riddle. But it was only, would ever after be, the rest of our life.Shortly after Halloween, 1991, the local high-school basketball star is found in the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand—a discovery that sends t...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.17 inPublished:May 17, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062415484

ISBN - 13:9780062415486

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“With its narrative witchcraft, conjures up the ghost of the decade [the 90s] to full effect.”