Summary

A bracing, hypnotic, coming-of-age story about the bond of best friends, from the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children.
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.
Claire Messud, one of our finest novelists, is as accomplished at weaving a compelling fictional world as she is at asking the big questions: To what extent can we know ourselves and others? What are the stories we create to comprehend our lives and relationships? Brilliantly mixing fable and coming-of-age tale, The Burning Girl gets to the heart of these matters in an absolutely irresistible way.
©2017 Claire Messud (P)2017 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Edward J Bridge on 05-11-17

Notable more for the ideas an insights than story.

A powerfully insightful view into the human, especially female experience; each alone but seeking others.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Catherine Ruckert on 11-05-18

Meesud is a brilliant wordsmith but her storyline is too weak to support the complexity of the narrative.

Beautifully constructed prose, carefully crafted characters but a weak plot.
The first person narrative with hints of tragedy to come doesn’t live up to expectations. With the exception of one unexpectedly deserving character ( and his dog), the characters don’t get to act out their possible parts in the drama. Left a feeling of something missing.

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