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All Girls by Emily Layden

All Girls

Emily Layden

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Imprint: John Murray Publishers Ltd
Publisher: John Murray Press
Publication date: 18 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781529330083

A keenly perceptive coming-of-age novel set at a prestigious New England prep school, as nine young women navigate their ambitions, friendships, and fears against the backdrop of a scandal the administration wants silenced

4 stars out of 5
Hannah Beckerman
31 Jan 2021

"an incisive portrait of young women in the #MeToo era"

Emily Layden’s debut novel, set in an exclusive all-girls’ American boarding school, concerns accusations of historic sexual abuse, which threaten to permanently damage the reputation of an academic and privileged community. The author astutely captures the claustrophobic and toxic culture of conformity among teenage girls, and while the book’s multiple perspectives prevent deep engagement with any single character, Layden nonetheless creates an incisive portrait of young women in the #MeToo era.