The Big Girls

The Big Girls

By Susanna Moore

Vintage Contemporaries, Paperback, 9781400076109, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2008


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: A Girlhood in Hawai'i "and "I Myself Have Seen It: The Myth of Hawai'i". She lives in Hawai'i.

Praise For The Big Girls

"Devastatingly accurate.... Engrossing and beautifully rendered.” —The New York Times Book Review“The most unflinching, graphically sexual, violent, literary female fiction writer alive. . . . Susanna Moore writes the way Frida Kahlo painted.” —Los Angeles Times Book ReviewThe Big Girls carries a voyeuristic charge, the confessions so intimate you feel embarrassed for looking, but the whip-smart narration makes it impossible to turn away.” —The Plain Dealer “Hypnotizing. . . . A remarkable feat.” —The Washington Post Book World