The Big Girls

By Susanna Moore
(Vintage Contemporaries, Paperback, 9781400076109, 224pp.)

Publication Date: May 6, 2008

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Helen is serving a life sentence at Sloatsburg women's prison for the murder of her children.

Dr. Louise Forrest, a recently divorced mother of an eight-year-old boy, is the new chief of psychiatry there.

Captain Ike Bradshaw is the corrections officer who wants her.

And Angie, an ambitious Hollywood starlet contacted by Helen, is intent on nothing but fame.

Drawing these four characters together in a story of shocking and disturbing revelations, The Big Girls is an electrifying novel about the anarchy of families, the sometimes destructive power of maternal instinct, and the cult of celebrity.




About the Author
Susanna Moore is the author of the novels "The Life of Objects", "The Big Girls", "One Last Look", "In the Cut", "Sleeping Beauties", "The Whiteness of Bones", and "My Old Sweetheart", and two books of nonfiction, "Light Years" and "I Myself Have Seen It". She is from Hawaii.


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  1. The Big Girls has four alternating narrators—Louise Forrest, Helen, Captain Ike Bradshaw, and Angie Mills. Why would Susanna Moore choose to tell the story from four distinctive and subjective points of view? How does this multi-vocal narration affect the reader's relationship to the novel? What is the advantage of letting the characters speak for themselves?

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