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Other Girls
     

Other Girls

by Diane Ayres
 

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In this smart and engrossing story about life at a women's college where you are perceived as either a virgin, a debutante, or one of the rumored lesbian vampires, Diane Ayres shows us what can go wrong, when things really go wrong. Here we see what a tangled web is woven from the fabric of young and intense emotion and as we see, the results can be disastrous. This

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In this smart and engrossing story about life at a women's college where you are perceived as either a virgin, a debutante, or one of the rumored lesbian vampires, Diane Ayres shows us what can go wrong, when things really go wrong. Here we see what a tangled web is woven from the fabric of young and intense emotion and as we see, the results can be disastrous. This is a story about the pain of love, of growing up, and of ultimately breaking out of the molds that are put on to us by family and peers. You need not have gone to a women's college to recognize the characters in Other Girls: Ayres's portrayal of life at a women's college, or indeed, any college, is frighteningly accurate. Diane Ayres does for same-sex schools what Donna Tartt did with The Secret History for mixed schools. A deeply engrossing book, Other Girls reads like a blend of Donna Tartt and J.D. Salinger.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In Ayres's debut novel, gorgeous Elizabeth Breedlove, a first-year student in the class of 1978 at Willard College for Women, is a tough girl with a soft center. Upperclasswoman Pip Collier, fresh from an affair with her African-American feminist professor and hot and heavy with her androgynous roommate, Dusie Hertz who is Elizabeth's official "Big Sister" becomes fascinated by Elizabeth, much to Dusie's dismay. Elizabeth, a reformed "man-eater," responds in kind, and their love begins with a "bodice-ripping ban-the-book kind of lesbian lust." Painting a picture of the women's college as a breeding ground for lesbian sex and failing to chronicle the emotional challenges Elizabeth might experience in her journey toward self-discovery, the author becomes sidetracked by stereotypes and clich s: there's the predatory professor, the Marine who rapes a lesbian to teach her a lesson, the lesbian who becomes a model to shack up with other lesbian models, the steamy backrooms in gay clubs, etc. In page after page of the Sturm und Drang involved in female friendships and love affairs, Ayres puts her spunky, searching characters through so many relationship configurations and emotional roller coasters that the happily-ever-after ending is an anticlimax. The two female characters with the greatest chance of finding genuine happiness with each other part company and marry men, and Ayres has her characters jumping through too many unnecessary hoops to find true love. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780758201126
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.88(h) x 1.24(d)

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