The Ophelia Girls (Hardback)
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The Ophelia Girls (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages
Published: 22/07/2021
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Waterstones Says

From the author of The Animals at Lockwood Manor comes a beautifully menacing and perilous exploration of illicit passion, in which a young woman's dreams collide with her mother's past.

A mother's secret past collides with her daughter's present in this intoxicating novel from Jane Healey, the author of The Animals at Lockwood Manor.

In the summer of 1973, teenage Ruth and her four friends are obsessed with pre-Raphaelite paintings, and a little bit obsessed with each other. They spend the scorching summer days in the river by Ruth's grand family home, pretending to be the drowning Ophelia and recreating tableaus of other tragic mythical heroines. But by the end of the summer, real tragedy has found them.

Twenty-four years later, Ruth is a wife and mother of three children, and moves her family into her still-grand, but now somewhat dilapidated, childhood home following the death of her father. Her seventeen-year-old daughter, Maeve, is officially in remission and having been discharged from hospital can finally start acting like a 'normal' teenager with the whole summer ahead of her. It's just the five of them until Stuart, a handsome photographer and old friend of her parents, comes to stay. And there's something about Stuart that makes Maeve feel more alive than all of her life-saving treatments put together ...

As the heat of the summer burns, how long can the family go before long-held secrets threaten to burst their banks and drown them all?

Set between two fateful summers, The Ophelia Girls is a visceral, heady exploration of illicit desire, infatuation and the perils and power of being a young woman.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529014853
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 588 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This is a potent, mesmerising portrait of girlhood desire, betrayal, beauty and death, sensuously written and passionately told - Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters

A knowingly put together page-turner; a potent blend of art, beauty, awakening desire and mortality that seduces the reader as much as the cast - Daily Mail

A bruising and beautiful novel about girlhood and desire. Set over two heady summers, The Ophelia Girls perfectly captures the power and vulnerability of being a teenage girl. Within its flower-strewn pages, girls float carelessly down rivers and fall in love with devastating consequences. It's an immersive and intoxicating summer read with the long-lasting feel of a classic. I was captivated by it - Molly Aitken, author of The Island Child

Set over the course of two stifling British summers, The Ophelia Girls is a dreamy exploration of the interior life of teenage girls and the tangled relationship between mothers and daughters. In her hypnotic prose Jane Healey captures the slipperiness of the adolescence experience, the thirst young women have for independence, and the sometimes perilous ways they attempt to define themselves. A siren song of a novel, The Ophelia Girls seduces as much as it disturbs - Ellie Eaton, author of The Divines

The Ophelia Girls is a novel saturated with beauty, menace, longing, secrets -- and with passions deep enough to drown in. It's a sinister, suspenseful page-turner that gripped me tightly and still hasn't fully let go - Clare Beams, author of The Illness Lesson

This is a vivid, sensuous novel that captures the feelings of passion and devastation of girls on the brink of womanhood and life itself, and I can’t recommend it enough - Anna Bailey, bestselling author of Tall Bones

I absolutely adored this exquisite novel. It is dark and sultry and beautiful and terrible. All the good stuff. The characters get tangled in so many complex strands of love, secrecy and obsession. And it perfectly captures the brilliance and terror of being a teenage girl - Hazel Barkworth, author of Heatstroke

A compelling story of teenage innocence and infatuation, blended with the illicit desires and murky intentions of adults - Woman's Weekly

This novel has a sinewy, enchanting style that draws us into the reverie-like world of the river and its dangers and, like the characters it has so bewitched, never lets us go: it's powerful stuff - The Big Issue

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“Beautiful imagery”

The Ophelia Girls is atmospheric and moody, I was blown away by the beautiful imagery and dreamy prose. Jane Healey's writing absorbs you in both timelines, you can almost feel the heat and smell the sun wilted... More

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Amalia Gkavea

“Lyrical and haunting, difficult, demanding, whimsical. It is the summer of innocence and the autumn of our disillusionment.”

‘’I have run from that summer, tried to forget its hazy pleasures and its tragedies, how it ended, how things fell apart. I have trusted the years to fade my memories and destroyed those photographs, never to be... More

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“a myriad of myth and mundanity, a moonlit, riverdeep confession of illicit desires and a splintering mother-daughter dynamic.”

Containing all the minutiae of a folktale, a fairy story and a Greek bacchanalian tragedy, this book was brilliantly good. I took so many notes on my phone and sent so many videos of myself to my friends talking about... More

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