Title: Green Girl
Author: Kate Zambreno
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 24 June 2014
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Ruth is a young American
in London, trying desperately to navigate a world in which she
attracts the unwanted gaze of others while grappling with the
uncertainty of her own self-regard. Haunted equally by self-doubt and by
a morbid fascination with the beautiful, cruel, and empty people around
her, Ruth darts quietly through the rainy sidewalks of her present
trying to escape her future. (Goodreads Synopsis)
I adored Green Girl. I was immediately drawn in by Zambreno's prose and I loved the scattered quotes between chapters that highlighted the mood of what was coming next. I could completely identify with many of the thoughts and ideas Ruth expounded and found the work to be very honest and unflinching.
I can recommend this to fans of books like The Bell Jar and Girl, Interrupted. I think it will mostly appeal to the 18-35 age group, given the subject matter and style of the piece.
I also didn't realise how little I know of the Godard-period cinema and feel the need to go off and watch some more of these films now!