The Different Girl
By Gordon Dahlquist
(Dutton Juvenile, Hardcover, 9780525425977, 240pp.)
Publication Date: February 21, 2013
Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girlthe lone survivor of a recent shipwrecksuddenly and mysteriously arrives on the island, an unsettling mirror is about to be held up to the life the girls have never before questioned.
Sly and unsettling, Gordon Dahlquist’s timeless and evocative storytelling blurs the lines between contemporary and sci-fi with a story that is sure to linger in readers’ minds long after the final page has been turned.
Gordon Dahlquist is a graduate of Reed College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He worked for several years writing and directing plays, including Messalina (Evidence Room, Los Angeles: SPF, New York), and Delirium Palace (Evidence Room, Los Angeles; published in Breaking Ground), both of which received a Garland Playwriting Award.
"Veronika’s simple, sometimes profound first-person narration explores the nature of identity and what it means to be human in an oddly touching story of a future world." - The Horn Book
"...[an] unusal and enigmatic science-fiction outing...Most intriguing." - Kirkus Reviews