Dead Girls is finally out October 15th in USA and Canada!
A feminist, funny and twisted story about 90s-era girlhood and avenging your best friend’s death.
DEAD GIRLS is Abigail Tarttelin’s third book. It is inspired by a real life killing of young girls that happened in the UK when she was a child. It’s a crime/horror/thriller with a child narrator, the extremely intense 11 year old Thera Wilde. Because stories about paedophilia are stories about little girls, and this is Thera’s story to understand what is happening in her small town, and to figure out what she’s going to do about it. You know what they say: if the adults can’t get something done, rely on a child with a ouijaboard, access to a cutlery drawer, and a loose grip on reality.
An authentic, tender portrayal of a young girl’s grief and determination in the face of unbearable loss, as well as a smart, suspenseful exploration of how we talk to young girls about the men who would hurt them. Dead Girls is Tarttelin’s riveting, fiercely feminist follow up to critically-acclaimed LAMBDA Finalist and ALEX Award winner, Golden Boy.
“Abigail Tarttelin is a fearless writer.”
– Emily St. John Mandel
“Tarttelin is a natural storyteller.”
– Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time
“Harriet the Spy is all grown up―and readying herself to take on the darkness of the adult world. This somehow manages to combine mystery, thriller, horror, and a lovely elegy to lost friendship . . . Completely unforgettable.”
– Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths
“Feminist, bold, shocking, packed with little epiphanies.”
– Shelley Harris, author of Jubilee and Vigilante
Abigail Tarttelin’s 2019 novel Dead Girls, out October 15th from Rare Bird Books, drills down through “layers of moral and cultural norms” to offer “a strong indictment of cultural and narrative scripts that permeate our society” (Hackney Citizen). Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, Glamour, Phoenix, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post. Also a screenwriter, in 2016 Abigail served as a juror for the British Independent Film Awards. She is the recipient of awards from The Authors Foundation and The K Blundell Trust in Great Britain.
Preorder DEAD GIRLS here!