Synopses & Reviews
With the fierce emotional and intellectual power of such classics as Jean Rhys's Good Morning, Midnight
, Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar
, and Clarice Lispector's The Hour of the Star
, Kate Zambreno's novel Green Girl
is a provocative, sharply etched portrait of a young woman navigating the spectrum between anomie and epiphany.
First published in 2011 in a small press edition, Green Girl was named one of the best books of the year by critics including Dennis Cooper and Roxane Gay. In Bookforum, James Greer called it "ambitious in a way few works of fiction are." This summer it is being republished in an all-new Harper Perennial trade paperback, significantly revised by the author, and including an extensive P.S. section including never before published outtakes, an interview with the author, and a new essay by Zambreno.
Zambreno's heroine, Ruth, is a young American in London, kin to Jean Seberg gamines and contemporary celebutantes, by day spritzing perfume at the department store she calls Horrids, by night trying desperately to navigate a world colored by the unwanted gaze of others and the uncertainty of her own self-regard. Ruth, the green girl, joins the canon of young people existing in that important, frightening, and exhilarating period of drift and anxiety between youth and adulthood, and her story is told through the eyes of one of the most surprising and unforgettable narrators in recent fiction — a voice at once distanced and maternal, indulgent yet blackly funny. And the result is a piercing yet humane meditation on alienation, consumerism, the city, self-awareness, and desire, by a novelist who has been compared with Jean Rhys, Virginia Woolf, and Elfriede Jelinek.
Republished and newly available in a P.S. edition: a bold, highly charged novel of restlessness, angst, and yearning, by a brilliant young writer to watch.
Look at me don't look at me look at me look at me don't look at me don't look.
Ruth is a young American in London, trying desperately to navigate a world in which she attracts the unwanted gaze of others while grappling with the uncertainty of her own self-regard. Haunted equally by self-doubt and by a morbid fascination with the beautiful, cruel, and empty people around her, Ruth darts quietly through the rainy sidewalks of her present trying to escape her future.
With the fierce emotional power of such classics as The Bell Jar, Bonjour Tristesse, and Chocolates for Breakfast, Green Girl is a provocative, sharply etched portrait of a young woman navigating the spectrum between anomie and epiphany.
About the Author
Kate Zambreno is the author of two novels, Green Girl and O Fallen Angel. She is also author of two works of innovative nonfiction, Heroines and Book of Mutter. She teaches in the writing programs at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University.