Teenage friendship and bullying subject of new novel

Lauren Frankel

Lauren Frankel

Author Lauren Frankel will be at the downtown Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield to discuss her debut novel, Hyacinth Girls Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

In Hyacinth Girls, Frankel crafts a nuanced and chilling portrait of female friendship and the costs of love and loyalty. Partly inspired by true events, this raw and beautiful story focuses on the lives of 13-year-old Callie, who is accused at the novel’s outset of bullying a classmate, and her guardian, Rebecca, who has been caring for Callie ever since her parents died years earlier. As Hyacinth Girls moves back and forth between Rebecca’s and Callie’s coming-of-age narratives, Frankel weaves a heart-wrenching account of friendship, memory, and the lies we tell ourselves about those we love.

Hyacinth-GirlscoverFULL“Engaging…Frankel perceptively depicts a spiral of brutality that would have been unheard of just a decade ago…..Riveting.”—Publishers Weekly

“[A] twisty debut…Hell hath no misery like a mean girl scorned.”—Kirkus Reviews

Lauren Frankel received her bachelor of arts in English from Vassar College. She has worked with young people, as both an educator and a librarian, in the US and the UK. Raised in Stratford, Conn. she now lives with her husband and son in England. Copies of Hyacinth Girls will be available for purchase at the downtown Bookstore event.

For more Bookstore events visit fairfield.edu/bookstore, facebook.com/FairfieldUBookstore and on Twitter and Instagram @ FairfieldUBooks. The Fairfield University Bookstore, located in the heart of downtown Fairfield, is operated by the Follett Higher Education Group and proudly serves the Fairfield Community, Fairfield University and beyond.

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