Girls They Write Songs About (Hardback)
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Girls They Write Songs About (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 07/07/2022
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Artful, addictive and unique, Girls They Write Songs About is an unputdownable tale of intense female friendship and ambition from the author of Frances and Bernard.

A fabulous power ballad to female friendship, Girls They Write Songs About is a thrumming, searching novel about the bonds that shape us more than any love affair.

Rose and Charlotte arrive in 1990s New York, fresh out of university and fizzing with ambition. When they end up working at the same music magazine, Charlotte - earnest, bookish - is wary of brash, outspoken Rose. But hesitancy soon gives way to a unique friendship that will change both girls forever.

Determined to take advantage of every day in this exasperating, jubilant city, their lives become entirely entwined. Together they find love and lose it, hit their strides and stumble, see each other through marriages, motherhood, divorces, career glories and catastrophes. But what happens when your lives start to fall out of sync? What does it mean to give up on the dreams that held a friendship together?

As smart and comic as it is gloriously exuberant, Girls They Write Songs About takes a timeless story and turns it into a pulsing, wrecking, clear-eyed tale of two friends reckoning with the lives they've chosen, and the countless ways all the women they've known have made them who they are.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9780861544691
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 28 mm


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'I lost myself in this exquisitely written story of two women finding their place in New York, in publishing and in the wider world. Carlene Bauer has created characters so authentic, so honest and so complex that you will feel you've known them for decades. Girls They Write Songs About is wise, witty, atmospheric and layered. I absolutely loved this book and I am desperate for my friends to read it.' - Katie Allen, author of Everything Happens for a Reason

'Excellent - strange and artful, full of texture and feeling - reads like a Sentimental Education for our time.' - Vivian Gornick, author of Unfinished Business

'The instant feminist classic our generation has been waiting for.' - Ada Calhoun, author of Why We Can't Sleep

'Charlotte's narration rings true for the discerning writer and editor she is; the prose is razor-sharp and utterly devoid of clutter... with deftness and candor, Bauer tells a moving and thoughtful story of how desire and ambition change over time and how to make sense of the messiness of carving out a path and life of one's own. A smart and beautifully rendered portrait of two women's lives.' - Kirkus

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“Nothing new here”

Rose and Charlotte meet in New York, fresh from University and keen to explore all the city can offer. They form a strong friendship, linked through life, love and loss, until suddenly their lives start to diverge.... More

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“Great Read!”

Thank you to the publishers for this review copy.
This is a very addictive read which starts in the 90's in NY.
Rose and Charlotte are determined to live everyday to the full, having just finished university -... More

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“Highly recommended”

A story about friendship, coming of age, and living in NY during the 90s. A well told and riveting story, two fleshed out characters, a tightly knitted and well developed plot.
Even if it's a bit slow in the... More

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