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Green Girl: A Novel


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Kate Zambreno is also the author of the novel Green Girl (reissued by Harper Perennial) and a work of experimental criticism, Heroines (published by Semiotext(e)'s Active Agents). She is at work on a series of books about time, memory, and the persistence of art, including Book of Mutter (forthcoming from Semiotext(e)'s Native Agents in March 2017) and Drifts (forthcoming from Harper Perennial in late 2017). She teaches in the writing programs at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University.


"A major step forward for a talented and whip-smart writer." -- James Greer, BookForum "I can't recall the last time I read a book whose heroine infuriated and seduced me as completely as Kate Zambreno's Green Girl." -- Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair "[An] electric talent ... a risque darling [with] serious literary cachet." -- Gina Frangello, The Rumpus "If you were ever a green girl, you will recognize yourself on page after page." -- Lightsey Darst, Bookslut "It cracks, it zings. It makes you call your girlfriend and read sections aloud over the phone." -- Kirkus Reviews "The best word to describe Kate Zambreno's Green Girl is searing... A novel about a young woman who is learning how to perform her femininity, who is learning the power of it, the fragility of it." -- Roxane Gay, Bookslut "Brilliant... This is a book I could see savored by both a teen finding great solace in, and by someone like myself, who probably could not be more removed from the lifestyle of its matter." -- Blake Butler, HTMLGiant "Kate Zambreno writes with the clear eyes and steady hand of a verite filmmaker." -- Pamela Lu "Zambreno's Ruth is literature's lost girl... A harrowing, brilliant book." -- Kate Durbin "Not since Faulkner first arrested my heart and stole my breath in The Sound and the Fury have I been as ravaged by the language of a novel as in Kate Zambreno's Green Girl." -- Lidia Yuknavitch "An ambitious synthesis of millennial identity crisis, lyrical experimentation and emotional self-destruction... Zambreno has the writing chops for this unconventional journey." -- Kirkus Reviews "...elegant, crystalline, eminently readable..." -- L.A. Review of Books "...a fresh and important new voice in literature... Ambitious but difficult to pin down, smart, stylish, and filled with supercharged prose that pulsed with the searing intensity few writers could maintain throughout an entire book..." -- Flavorwire "A deeply character-driven book, Green Girl allows its narrator to insert herself with pity, scorn or deliberate self-recognition, as though a god watching her creating crawl fitfully through the city streets... -- Shelf Awareness "Zambreno's novel unfolds with a filmic quality, of scenes playing out with lyric intensity." -- The Millions "This is Zambreno in high form, unrelenting in her emotional sincerity and intellectual acuity, a necessary voice in a still green world." -- Berfrois "The young woman's existential novel for the new millennium. The book is smart, experimental, and just a little bit dangerous ... It's a must-read for anyone who's ever wanted a 21st century update to the Bell Jar... Reading it will resonate." -- Bustle

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