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These are the confessions of the Bitch Posse. Cherry, Rennie, and Amy were outcasts, rebels, and dreamers. And their friendship was so all-encompassing that some would call it dangerous. This is the story of three women-as seniors in high school and as women in their mid-thirties---who formed a bond in order to survive the pitfalls and perils of their lives. In the present day, one of them is a wife and mother-to-be, trying to live a "normal" life. One of them is a writer who engages in a number of ...
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The Bitch Posse

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Overview


These are the confessions of the Bitch Posse. Cherry, Rennie, and Amy were outcasts, rebels, and dreamers. And their friendship was so all-encompassing that some would call it dangerous. This is the story of three women-as seniors in high school and as women in their mid-thirties---who formed a bond in order to survive the pitfalls and perils of their lives. In the present day, one of them is a wife and mother-to-be, trying to live a "normal" life. One of them is a writer who engages in a number of self-destructive relationships. And one of them is in a mental hospital---and has been ever since that one fateful night fifteen years ago, when a heart-wrenching betrayal and the unraveling of relationships led them to a point of no return, where their actions triggered unimaginable consequences. These secrets have torn them apart while inextricably binding them to one another. What happened to them? And can they survive their shared history, even today?

The Bitch Posse is an anthem for friendships that defy society's approval or disapproval. It's a novel of secrets, courage, sacrifice, and hope against the odds. It is both a journey back to being a girl on the verge of adulthood, and a journey forward, showing how the events of our past can unearth the best in us today.

Dare to jump in.  

"The Bitch Posse is a riveting and emotionally charged read. No fluff here."

--Chicago Tribune

 



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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"You Have Now Entered a Chick-Lit-Free Zone," O'Connor's dark, scabrous debut warns. Given the sassy title and the familiar subject matter of female friendship, readers should be forgiven if they expect Bridget Jones-but O'Conner's heroines resemble that lovable Brit like leopards resemble kittens. The story focuses on three friends, Cherry, Amy and Rennie, as high school seniors and as women in their mid-30s. Compelled by miserable home lives to form the Bitch Posse as teenagers, the three girls ricochet dangerously through their last year of high school, sharing a passionate, almost sinister bond until a terrible secret rips them apart. Still damaged-and separated-by the unspeakable event, the three live equally wretched lives as adults, Cherry in a mental institution, Rennie as a promiscuous failed writer and Amy in a loveless marriage. After pages of vodka, cocaine, "fucking" and "cutting" (in both past and present narratives), the friends' terrible secret finally comes to light, though it reveals logistical and thematic gaps in the narrative. "[H]er past is like a sore that won't ever heal, memories are spurting at her like blood and she can't close the wound" characterizes the level of emotional complexity attained in this heavy-handed novel, but the story fascinates even as it repels. Agent, Mary Evans. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Not for the faint of heart, this debut novel will keep readers glued to the very last page. Three high school friends, united in their feelings of not fitting in, form a club that they christen the Bitch Posse. The Posse gets Cherry, Rennie, and Amy through high school, but a violent incident at the end of their senior year breaks up the friends and casts a long shadow over their adult lives. Told in chapters that alternate among each club member's perspective, the story vacillates between the period of adolescent angst and the present, when they are all dealing, in various but equally dysfunctional ways, with what happened to them as teens. The details of the traumatic incident are not revealed until the end, when the reasons for their problems as adults become clear. This book contains strong language, explicit sex, and some violence. Recommended for public libraries with a following for suspense thrillers and fans of authors like Carol Goodman and Minette Walters.-Karen Traynor, Sullivan Free Lib., Chittenango, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Astonishing and truly remarkable...tough, subtle, tense, authentic, and very beautiful. If this isn't really Alice Sebold, Donna Tartt, or Barbara Vine writing under a pseudonym, then Martha O'Connor is a huge new talent who is already about as good as it gets."

—-Lee Child, author of The Enemy

 

"Compulsively readable…delicious and slightly macabre details of the mid-1980's alterna-teen culture."

-The Washington Post Book World

 

"There's nothing pink and frilly about this tale…It's scathing, dark and impossible to put down."

-The Newark Star-Ledger

"A sizzling page-turner."

-Cosmopolitan

"The Bitch Posse is a riveting and emotionally charged read. No fluff here."

Chicago Tribune

“Mysterious, violent…good girls by day and serious risk takers at night.”

Los Angeles Times

 

"Eye-opening, gut-wrenching…one of the best first novels I've read this year, one that I'd literally love to put in every discerning reader's hands." 

- Sarah Weinman, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, Pick of the Week

 

"Intense, disturbing, and deeply intriguing…Fast-paced yet hauntingly reflective, this is one tough and tender read."  

—Robert Gray, author of Fresh Eyes: A Bookseller's Journal

"Quite unabashedly satisfying...prompting even this most jaded reviewer to stay up until the wee hours of the night just to find out what happened next...a thrilling ride."

Bookreporter

"Not for the faint of heart, this debut novel will keep readers glued to the very last page."

Library Journal

"The story fascinates even as it repels."

Publishers Weekly

"As good a debut as it's cracked up to be...edgy, smart and sexy, like its heroines."

-The Tatler (UK)

"Reminiscent of cult movie 'Heathers', it revels in the seedy underbelly of American life." 

Glamour (UK)

"O'Connor nails the intense, us-against-the-world, overcooked emotion that defines the friendship of teen girls and the druggy delirium of first, sexual love."

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

 

“Dark, compelling and not for the faint-hearted.'

Heat (UK)

"An angsty, serious novel of lost dreams and sexual damage."

-MARIE CLAIRE (UK)

"A little substance never hurt anyone, and The Bitch Posse offers plenty."

Winnipeg Free Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429907460
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/2006
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 617,835
  • File size: 350 KB

Meet the Author


Martha O'Connor lives in Marin County, California, with her husband, the novelist Philip F. O'Connor. The Bitch Posse is her first novel.
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These are the confessions of The Bitch Posse.  

 

Cherry, Rennie, and Amy were outcasts, rebels, and dreamers. And their friendship was so all-encompassing that some would call it dangerous. This is the story of three women—as seniors in high school and as women in their mid-thirties—who formed a bond in order to survive the pitfalls and perils of their lives. Their secrets have torn them apart, while inextricably binding them to one another. hat happened to them? And can they survive their shared history, even today?

 

The Bitch Posse is an anthem for friendships that defy society’s approval or disapproval. It’s a novel of secrets, courage, sacrifice, and hope against the odds. It is both a journey back to being a girl on the verge of adulthood, and a journey forward, showing how the events of our past can unearth the best in us today.

 

Dare to jump in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    The Bitch Posse

    Loved this book! Such a crazy story of the paths friendships take. This book is a must read!!!!

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    LoVeD iT!!!!

    I finished reading this book over a weekend, sadly though, it left me wanting to read more about the girls....I wish the book didn't end & can't wait to read more from this author

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    My Favorite BooK, leaves you wanting more!!!

    This book has the best elements of chick lit, young adult, womens fiction and coming of age. The charaters are real and the writing is raw, poignant,and touching. The book is impossible to put down. Martha O'Connor writing is bold, provactive, and real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    honestly,best book i've ever read

    this is one of the best books i've ever read.i hardly ever read and i read this in 3 days. i would recomend this for girls 12-19

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2007

    Enticing

    For anyone who thinks they know what goes on in the mind of their teenage daughter..you might want to read this one. I bought this one at a local feminist bookstore and was not disappointed. It's dark, haunting, real and well-written. Lots of sex, drugs and bad parenting. The novel is put together in alternating segements between the 3 main characters, Cherry, Rennie and Amy. Like a any good novel, this one will stay with you. I look forward to O'Connor's next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2007

    A reality slap in all the right places

    I loved this book. O'Connor's dark reality of the 'gothic kids' in school will make you think twice before making judgements about anyone. This was a definite page turner that easily kept my attention. There were, I felt, some loose ends that I would have liked to see tied up at the end, but other than that, a very powerful read. It will make you think about the friends in your life, and how they will affect you forever. O'Connor hits hard on the things that matter most in life, digging deeper than the booze, drugs, and sex that many young people find themselves drowing in. A life changing read that will change your perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2007

    one of the best books i've ever come across

    this is one of those books that you just HAVE to finish in 1 or 2 days because it pulls you right in and is excellent to the very end. it was enjoyable, unbelievable, and exciting. i would reccomend it to any girl my age (20). the characters are amazing, and the way the book is written (both past and present tense) makes you keep turning the pages for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2006

    Best book I have ever read!

    I absolutly loved this book! I am not a big reader but this book kept me glued to the very last page! The book is easy to read and VERY intertaining! It is MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER! It was true to the core, it was amazing! I read it in a week! I highly recommend this book to anyone but especially senior girls in highschool, this book is amazing!

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