‘The Girls’ to be topic of book discussion

FORT PLAIN — Inspired by the twisted dynamics of the Charles Manson family cult, novelist Emma Cline’s work of historical fiction, “The Girls,” will be the topic of an upcoming book discussion at the Fort Plain Free Library.

Author and University at Albany criminal justice professor Frankie Bailey will facilitate the free program that will take place at the 19 Willett St. facility on Oct. 22, at 3 p.m.

According to her profile on the School of Criminal Justice’s webpage, Bailey’s “academic pursuits focus on crime history, crime and mass media/popular culture, and material culture” with research “…on topics related to images of victims, offenders, and criminal justice agents in American culture. She is interested in the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality.”

As described on the jacket of Cline’s 2016 book, the fictionalized account is set in northern California, “during the violent end of the 1960s.”

In their synopsis, Random House notes: “At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader.

“As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to the moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong,” the jacket reads.

Advance registration is requested, as seating is limited.

Interested participants can obtain copies of the book at the library.

Visit the Fort Plain Free Library at 19 Willett St., or call 993-4646 to reserve a copy or to register for the forum. Follow the Fort Plain Free Library on Facebook or visit fortplainfreelibrary.org for more news and events.

By Patricia Older

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