Thursday, May 22, 2014

Coming Soon to a Book Store near You - The Girls from Corona del Mar; Rufi Thorpe

Here's my "Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You" pick for today. I thought this debut novel sounded like a good one. Do you like the sound of it? 

Knopf - July -2014

“Why did Lorrie Ann look graceful in beat-up Keds and shorts a bit too small for her? Why was it charming when she snorted from laughing too hard? Yes, we were jealous of her, and yet we did not hate her. She was never so much as teased by us, we roaming and bratty girls of Corona del Mar, thieves of corn nuts and orange soda, abusers of lip gloss and foul language.”

An astonishing debut about friendships made in youth, The Girls from Corona del Mar is a fiercely beautiful novel about how these bonds, challenged by loss, illness, parenthood, and distance, either break or endure.

Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can’t quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend’s life. Then a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall further—and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, brave, fair Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is, and what that question means about them both.

A staggeringly honest, deeply felt novel of family, motherhood, loyalty, and the myth of the perfect friendship, The Girls from Corona del Mar asks just how well we know those we love, what we owe our children, and who we are without our friends.


  1. Good morning Diane, you find us some really interesting books to read. Thank you my friend and have a great day :)

  2. That sounds like the kind of book I love!

  3. This sounds like an intriguing book. I should look for it!

  4. I have the feeling I'd like this book!

  5. Absolutely I would read this, and appreciate the fact that you seek out new-to-me titles that many of your readers would enjoy!

  6. This does sound very good!

  7. This sounds interesting. (The cover is really different.)

  8. Wow! I have been noticing this one around, but that blurb makes me want it. I'm not crazy about the cover....that put me off at first.

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. That sounds amazing! Heading off to pop it onto my far too long wish list.


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