A deeply moving portrait of pain and survival. A Girl, Interrupted for a new generation. A New York Times bestseller.
Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At eighteen she's already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she's learned how to forget it. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep and the pain washes out the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don't have to think about your father and the bridge. Your best friend who is gone forever. Or your mother who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie's heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen to find your way back from the edge.
Ages 15+ / Crossover
A New York Times Bestseller
'A haunting, beautiful, and necessary book that will stay with you long after you've read the last page.' Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author
'poignant and transcendent ... This grittily provocative debut explores the horrors of self-harm and the healing power of artistic expression' Kirkus Review
'one of the most affecting novels we have read in a while' Gwyneth Paltrow's goop
'In Glasgow's riveting debut novel, readers are pulled close to Charlie's raw, authentic emotions as she strains to make a jagged path through her new life. Love and trust prove difficult, and Charlie's judgment is not well honed, but her will to survive is glorious.' Booklist, Starred review
'Heartbreaking and thick with emotion,...[Girl in Pieces is] for avid fans of Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places or Susanna Kaysen's Girl Interrupted.' SLJ
'Equal parts keen-eyed empathy, stark candor, and terrible beauty. This book is why we read stories: to experience what it's like to survive the unsurvivable; to find light in the darkest night.' Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King
'Raw, visceral, and starkly beautiful, with writing that is at times transcendent in its brilliance. . . . An unforgettable story of trauma and resilience.' Kerry Kletter, author of The First Time She Drowned
'A breathtakingly written book about pain and hard-won healing . . . I want every girl to read Girl In Pieces.' Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners
'A Girl, Interrupted for a new generation' Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart
Girl In Pieces is like the friend you wish you had by your side for every hard choice and every time you've felt lost or alone. It's fearless and uncompromising, but overflowing with heart and wisdom.' Anthony Breznican, author of Brutal Youth
'Dark, frank, and tender, Girl in Pieces keeps the reader electrified for its entire journey. You're so uncertain if Charlie will heal, so fully immersed in hoping she does.' Michelle Wildgen, author of Bread and Butter
'Girl in Pieces has the breath of life; every character in it is fully alive.' Charles Baxter, author of National Book Award finalist The Feast of Love
'Charlie Davis has been damaged and abused after several years of living on the streets, but she is fiercely resilient. Though it will appeal to readers of Ellen Foster, Speak, and Girl, Interrupted, Girl in Pieces is an entirely original work, compulsively readable and deeply human.' Julie Schumacher, author the New York Times bestseller Dear Committee Members
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