Monday 23 June 2014

Book Review: Green Girl by Kate Zambreno

Title: Green Girl
Author: Kate Zambreno
Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 24 June 2014
Pages: 304
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley
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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!

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