The Ophelia Girls


by Healey, Jane | c 1970 to c 1980
Published 17/03/2022 by PAN MACMILLAN (Pan Books) in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 368 pages

ISBN: 9781529014877 Category:


Set between two fateful summers, Jane Healey’s The Ophelia Girls is a heady exploration of illicit desire, infatuation and the perils and power of being a young woman.

‘An immersive, intoxicating summer read with the long-lasting feel of a classic’ – Molly Aitken, author of The Island Child’A potent blend of art, beauty, awakening desire and mortality that seduces the reader’ – Daily MailSummer, 1973. Teenage Ruth and her four friends spend the scorching summer days in the river, recreating tableaus of the drowning Ophelia and other tragic heroines. But as autumn draws nearer, real tragedy has found them.

Summer, 1997. Ruth returns to her childhood home with her husband and three children, including her eldest daughter seventeen-year-old Maeve. However when Stuart, an old family friend comes to stay, the uneasy relationship between mother and daughter is pushed to its limit. For Stuart’s arrival is a reminder of a death in Ruth’s past, while Maeve is feeling more alive than ever . . .

As the heat of the summer burns, how long can the family go before long-held secrets threaten to burst their banks and drown them all?’A vivid, sensuous novel . . . I can’t recommend it enough’ – Anna Bailey, bestselling author of Tall Bones

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Weight 0.264 kg