Torn Skirt

Paperback | October 24, 2005

byRebecca Godfrey

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Sara's world is circa 1984, Victoria, B.C., Canada's prettiest city.But over at Mt. Douglas (a.k.a. Mt.Drug)High, all the girls have feathered hair, and the sweet scent of Love's Baby Soft can't hide the musk of raw teenage anger, apathy and desire. Sara longs to leave her stoner boyfriend and pothead father -- maybe she could move to New York and become a model, like the glossy, good girls in fashion magazines.But her only salvation comes in the willowy form of the mysterious Justine -- the girl in the torn skirt.Pulled by this spectral figure, Sara sets off on a feverish, frenetic odyssey into Victoria's underworld of hookers and johns, junkies and thieves, runaway girls and skater boys, and ultimately a violent tragedy.

The Torn Skirt is one of the most provocative, original, and brilliantly energetic coming-of-age novels to appear in a long time.First-time novelist Rebecca Godfrey gives voice to a young woman who careens between defiance and vulnerability, between street smart and naive, possessed by a spirit that flashes from stony deadness to unabashed hope. The Torn Skirt offers a small town adolescent world rarely seen -- dark and restless, often brutally funny, and laced iwth the fear of not fitting in, of feeling too much pain, of feeling no pain at all.A lyrical, word-perfect story that soars with an honest understanding of the teenage condition, The Torn Skirt is a powerful new piece of literary fiction.

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Sara's world is circa 1984, Victoria, B.C., Canada's prettiest city.But over at Mt. Douglas (a.k.a. Mt.Drug)High, all the girls have feathered hair, and the sweet scent of Love's Baby Soft can't hide the musk of raw teenage anger, apathy and desire. Sara longs to leave her stoner boyfriend and pothead father -- maybe she could move to ...

REBECCA GODFREY grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. She is the author of the novel The Torn Skirt, which was nominated for a BC Book Prize and widely praised for its portrait of adolescence. Under the Bridge was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Pearson Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize. Godfrey lives in New York City. Vi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.59 inPublished:October 24, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006395864

ISBN - 13:9780006395867

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good Book I really liked this book because many teenagers, like myself, can relate to it. I believe many oher teenagers could relate to this book to and it could help them find a way out of certain situations. ~Kristen Leigh~
Date published: 2007-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Most Favourite Book of All Time Despite the vast amount of books I read in my teenage years, The Torn Skirt by Rebecca Godfrey touched me and shaped my life the most. The main character in The Torn Skirt, Sara, is your typical teenager. She feels lost, angry, and itches for something meaningful in her life. The reader follows Sara as she abandons her old life and dives into the "Red Zone" of Victoria BC's rooftops and alleyways. I think I love the book so much because Sara reaches what all teens yearn for: close friends who understand and accept you no matter what. These girls embrace their wild spirit within themselves, and as a result get into a lot of trouble, but never lose hope or stop living vivaciously. The writing is quick, easy to read, and highly poetic - a definite book that will speak to your heart.
Date published: 2006-07-28