Serious Girls: A Novel

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Macmillan, Nov 1, 2003 - Fiction - 229 pages
11 Reviews
When her grandmother insists Maya be sent away to boarding school, the sixteen-year-old feels as if her life has turned a new page. Raised in the remote countryside by her emotionally distant hippie-ish mother, Maya finds herself isolated in the all-girl community. When Rea, another outsider, becomes her friend, the two girls tell each other their life stories, and speculate as to what growing up might mean. How do they become "people" with style and character as opposed to school girls?

Their desire to be adults takes them beyond the closed world of the school, into the local town and the city where they experiment--shopping in thrift stores; confronting their fears as they try on new identities; and wondering about sex. Both girls test the precarious line between an emerging sense of self and its total disintegration in the very different relationships from which they eventually escape, wiser and secure once again in their friendship and curiosity about life.
  

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Review: Serious Girls: A Novel

User Review  - Lezlee Hays - Goodreads

The plot has potential. The writing holds promise. Even moments of a stark, bare bones brilliance. But ulimately I end up feeling as though I've read an outline, an attempt, or a portion, of the real ... Read full review

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User Review  - Suzanne - Goodreads

Beautiful characterizations, beautiful writing. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
37
Section 4
59
Section 5
87
Section 6
107
Section 7
129
Section 8
139
Section 10
161
Section 11
173
Section 12
191
Section 13
207
Section 14
215
Section 15
223
Section 16
231
Section 17
233

Section 9
149

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About the author (2003)

Maxine Swann 's short story "Flower Children" won the Cohen Award, The O. Henry Award, the Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best American Short Stories (1998). Serious Girls is her first novel.

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