The Burning Girl

  • by Claire Messud
  • Narrated by Morgan Hallett
  • 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A bracing, hypnotic, coming-of-age story about the bond of best friends, from the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children.
Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship.
Claire Messud, one of our finest novelists, is as accomplished at weaving a compelling fictional world as she is at asking the big questions: To what extent can we know ourselves and others? What are the stories we create to comprehend our lives and relationships? Brilliantly mixing fable and coming-of-age tale, The Burning Girl gets to the heart of these matters in an absolutely irresistible way.

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Customer Reviews

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Not Very Captivating

I struggled to finish this book. There were several moments that sparked a curiosity within me, then the glimpse of an almost-intriguing plot would pass and I was left uninterested again. There were some moments that mildly captured my curiosity, but at no point was I impassioned. The climax to this book was lacking, and the performance was less than captivating. I wouldn't recommend.
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- Destiny Golden

Notable more for the ideas an insights than story.

A powerfully insightful view into the human, especially female experience; each alone but seeking others.
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- Edward J Bridge

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-29-2017
  • Publisher: Recorded Books