These are the confessions of The Bitch Posse. Cherry, Rennie, and Amy were outcasts, rebels, and dreamers. And their friendship was so all-encompassing that some would call it dangerous. This is the story of three women—as seniors in high school and as women in their mid-thirties —who formed a bond in order to survive the pitfalls and perils of their lives. In the present day, one of them is a wife and mother-to-be, trying to live a “normal” life. One of them is a writer who engages in a number of self-
destructive relationships. And one of them is in a mental hospital—and has been ever since that one fateful night fifteen years ago, when a heart-wrenching betrayal and the unraveling of relationships led them to a point of no return, where their actions triggered unimaginable consequences. These secrets have torn them apart, while inextricably binding them to one another. What happened to them? And can they survive their shared history, even today?
The Bitch Posse is an anthem for friendships that defy society’s approval or disapproval. It’s a novel of secrets, courage, sacrifice, and hope against the odds. It is both a journey back to being a girl on the verge of adulthood, and a journey forward, showing how the events of our past can unearth the best in us today.
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Extraordinary Praise for Martha O’Connor:
“Astonishing and truly remarkable ... tough, subtle, tense, authentic and very beautiful. If this isn't really Alice Sebold, Donna Tartt or Barbara Vine writing under a pseudonym, then Martha O'Connor is a huge new talent who is already about as good as it gets.” –Lee Child, international bestselling author of The Enemy
“The Bitch Posse is dark, poignant, and only too believable. Rennie, Cherry, and Amy are strivers at school by day and connivers by night. Self-styled rebels without a clue, they are bound together in friendship. Little do they realize that there will come a day when their naïve passions will lead them to a vicious mishap, blood that will stay on their hands for the rest of their lives. This is a book that will walk alongside you, and haunt your dreams, long after you turn the last page.” –Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean and A Theory of Relativity
“The fierce young heroines of Martha O'Connor's uncompromising novel team up in high school and head out into the night to raise hell--not knowing, of course, the infernal depths to which their anger and pain can take them. From the first the story of Rennie, Cherry and Amy is eye-popping: a profane and unabashed account of a girls' pact to get out of the Midwest and get even with the small-town toss of the dice that's doomed them. Told in dramatic flash-like chapters, skimming back and forth through time, and allowing raw emotion to be its nerve-addled guide, The Bitch Posse is a debut worthy of Joyce Carol Oates. That is, O'Connor steals into Oates's bleak, erotically desolate territory by night to explore the pathology of adolescent loneliness and longing, along the way making full-fledged women of this compellingly capricious sister act. And in the end, it's lit--just so--by the glow of the dying fires of youth, and bitter with the taste of the aftermath ashes of a hard-won yet oddly hopeful wisdom.” –Edmund White, winner of The National Book Critics Circle Award and international bestselling author of Fanny: A Fiction and A Boy's Own Story
“This is a novel that gets under the skin, a novel that cuts deep. Martha O'Connor has crafted a trio of unforgettable characters, young women so heart-wrenchingly alive, they burst from the page. The Bitch Posse has all the makings of a modern-day classic; it left me shaken, moved, and deeply grateful for the journey.” –Gayle Brandeis, author of The Book of Dead Birds and winner of The Bellwether Prize for Fiction
“A nuanced and often disturbing consideration of the assets and liabilities of friendship and loyalty. Very brave mother-daughter book groups will do well to choose this novel!” –Katharine Weber, bestselling author of Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, The Music Lesson, and The Little Women
“Every once in a while a book comes along that speaks the truth so intensely that it's a bit like ambulance chasing: you want to look away, but simply can't. In this era of Prada-obsessed chick-lit heroines and Machiavellian Mean Girls, the young women in The Bitch Posse are complex Every Girls—precocious but confused, wry but sad, rebellious but stability-seeking, insecure yet powerful. An exquisitely observant portrait of three very different best friends whose lives change forever on a fateful night in high school, The Bitch Posse is one of the saddest, funniest, and most original stories about deep emotional connections and the forces that threaten to unravel them.” –Lori Gottlieb, national bestselling author of Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self