The New Girls

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The New Girls

By Beth Gutcheon

William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780060977023, 352pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 2005


The New Girls is a resonant, engrossing novel about five girls during their formative prep-school years in the tumultuous mid-sixties. Into their reality of first-class trips to Europe, resort vacations, and deb parties enter the Vietnam War, the women's movement, and the sexual revolution. As the old traditions collide with the new society, the girls lose their innocence, develop a social conscience, and discover their sexuality -- blossoming into women shaped by their turbulent times.

Praise For The New Girls

“A gifted storyteller...her characters are intelligent, brave, and witty...human and real.”
-Susan Isaacs, New York Times Book Review

“It’s funny without sacrificing intelligence, intelligent without being pretentious. It’s all-around good reading.”
-Boston Globe

“Gutcheon has an impeccable fix on time, place, and native customs — and…pathos of a vanished youth.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“This is the story of those crucial relationships and of a harrowing loss of innocence.”
-Library Journal

“The author moves in and knows the world about which she writes. Good entertaining reading.”
-Pensacola News

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