Hello, everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Silver Girl Blog Tour! Below you will find information about Silver Girl, my review, and something fun at the end of this post!
Title: SILVER GIRL
Author: Leslie Pietrzyk
Pub. Date: February 27, 2018
Publisher: Unnamed Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
It's the early 1980s. Ronald Reagan's economy will trickle down any day now, and Chicago's Tylenol Killer has struck: an unknown person is stuffing cyanide into capsules, then returning them to drugstore shelves.
Against the backdrop of this rampant anxiety, one young woman, desperate to escape the unspoken secrets of her Midwestern family, bluffs her way into the fancy "school by the lake" in Chicago. There she meets Jess, charismatic and rich and needy, and the two form an insular, competitive friendship. Jess' family appears perfect to the narrator's wishful eye, and she longs to fit into their world, even viewing herself as a potentially better daughter than the unappreciative Jess. But the uneven power dynamic chafes the narrator, along with lingering guilt about the sister she left behind. Her behavior becomes increasingly risky - and after Jess' sister dies in murky circumstances and the Tylenol killer exposes the intricate double life of Jess' father, she finds herself scrambling for footing. Nothing is as it seems, and the randomness of life feels cruel, whether one's fate is swallowing a poisoned Tylenol or being born into a damaged and damaging family.
SILVER GIRL is a cousin to Emma Cline's The Girls and Emily Gould's Friendship in its nuanced exploration of female friendship, with the longing of Stephanie Danler's Sweetbitter.
I was interested in reading Silver Girl after hearing people talk about it on twitter. It just sounded like something that I would like. Also, this book is about female friendship. I feel like we don't get a lot of books about that and it was a refreshing change. I also liked that the narrator was unreliable though at first, I had a little trouble figuring out what was going on. I like that fact that the characters are complex and they have flaws. I don't know about you guys, but I love when characters have flaws. It makes them seem so much more real.I thought Silver girl was well written and interesting book!
Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!
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3/1/2018- The Underground- Review
3/2/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader- Excerpt
3/12/2018- Don't Judge, Read- Interview
3/13/2018- Daily Waffle - Excerpt
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3/15/2018- Pretty Deadly Reviews- Review
3/16/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Excerpt
About the Author
Leslie Pietrzyk is the author of two novels, Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day. This Angel on My Chest, her collection of linked short stories, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in October 2015. Kirkus Reviews named it one of the 16 best story collections of the year. A new novel, Silver Girl, is forthcoming from Unnamed Press in February 2018. Her short fiction and essays have appeared/are forthcoming in many publications, including Hudson Review, Southern Review, Arts & Letters, Gettysburg Review, The Sun, Shenandoah, River Styx, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, New England Review, Salon, Washingtonian, and the Washington Post Magazine. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Pietrzyk is a member of the core fiction faculty at the Converse low-residency MFA program and often teaches in the MA Program in Writing at Johns Hopkins University. Raised in Iowa, she now lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Giveaway Details: International
3 winners will receive a finished copy of SILVER GIRL, US Only.
Ends on March 20th at Midnight EST!