Synopses & Reviews
For anyone who's ever felt lost in an angst-filled world, The Lost Girls
offers a moving account of several young women estranged from the society around them. Ranging from urban Los Angeles to small-town America to England, the book follows the adolescence of Hannah and Becky, two best friends who must discover themselves amidst high school pressure, drugs, and confusion.
The book also chronicles the travails of Laurel and Alexis, two girls who have opulent homes and an upscale high school but still submit to the drug culture that can't be separated from their lives.
Told in sparse, sometimes harsh, language that captures the feel of growing up without direction, The Lost Girls skillfully reveals the shared insecurities that pervade the lives of its characters. Offering a broken tapestry of confusion, as well as glimpses of resolution in an uncertain world, The Lost Girls is a powerful testament to the forms of solitude a young woman can feel and the ways she fights to overcome them.
"This chilling tale...is not your mother's coming-of-age tale....This is [Hendler's] first novel, and she tells it...with supreme authority. The Lost Girls haunts the reader." ForeWord Magazine
"I was instantly struck by Lin Hendler's intelligence and creative strength. In her work was the emergence of a very real talent a literary artist in the making....Hendler's handling of the material is impressive. Look for more to come from this promising new author." Barney Rosset, Evergreen Review
"The Lost Girls pulls no punches. With candid prose and vivid images, Lin Hendler takes us into a frightening world of teenage drug use, isolation and madness. It is a sad, honest indictment of American society, and a compelling read." The Mail Tribune
"[A] stunning first novel....Lost Girls is compelling. Hendler propels us through her girls' desires to make sense of their world by capturing their language, dress, and manners with devastating specificity. We come to know them, in all their craziness, vulnerability, and poignancy. It is a trip well worth going on." Barbara Scott Winkler, Director of Women's Studies, Southern Oregon University
About the Author
Lin Hendler received her BA from Reed College and attended the graduate program of Medieval Literature at the University of York, UK. She now lives with her cats and boa constrictors in Portland, Oregon.