Waiting on Wednesday: The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

Expected Release Date: July 8, 2014

A fiercely beautiful debut blazing with emotion: a major first novel about friendships made in youth and how these bonds, challenged by loss, illness, parenthood, and distance, either break or sustain. 

Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can’t quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend’s life. Until a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall apart further-and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, kind, brave Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is and what that question means about them both. A staggeringly arresting, honest novel of love, motherhood, loyalty, and the myth of the perfect friendship that moves us to ask ourselves just how well we know those we love, what we owe our children, and who we are without our friends.

(summary via Goodreads)

Probably once again mirroring things in my life that I’ve been thinking about lately (that narcissism is a bitch, huh?), this one has been on my radar for a while.  I can’t wait to read it, though my guess is it’s going to be a tough read, and probably fairly upsetting.  Either way, I’ll be checking it out.

What are you waiting on this week?

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