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The Guest

By Emma Cline
The Guest by Emma Cline digital book - Fable

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A young woman pretends to be someone she isn’t in this “spellbinding” (Vogue), “smoldering” (The Washington Post) novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls.
 
“Under Cline’s command, every sentence as sharp as a scalpel, a woman toeing the line between welcome and unwelcome guest becomes a fully destabilizing force.”—The New York Times

LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/FAULKNER AWARD • A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker, Time, NPR, The Washington Post, Financial Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Vogue, Glamour, Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Slate, Time Out, Chicago Public Library, Electric Lit, Bookreporter

“Alex drained her wineglass, then her water glass. The ocean looked calm, a black darker than the sky. A ripple of anxiety made her palms go damp. It seemed suddenly very tenuous to believe that anything would stay hidden, that she could successfully pass from one world to another.”

Summer is coming to a close on the East End of Long Island, and Alex is no longer welcome.

A misstep at a dinner party, and the older man she’s been staying with dismisses her with a ride to the train station and a ticket back to the city.

With few resources and a waterlogged phone, but gifted with an ability to navigate the desires of others, Alex stays on Long Island and drifts like a ghost through the hedged lanes, gated driveways, and sun-blasted dunes of a rarefied world that is, at first, closed to her. Propelled by desperation and a mutable sense of morality, she spends the week leading up to Labor Day moving from one place to the next, a cipher leaving destruction in her wake.

Taut, propulsive, and impossible to look away from, Emma Cline’s The Guest is a spellbinding literary achievement.

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Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Believable charactersCharacters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveRealistic settingComicalComing of age
Expressionless Face“I just feel like not enough happened and there wasn’t really any development, plot wise or character wise. But it is interesting to read from the perspective of an unlikeable narrator and someone to whom you can’t relate. Also fun to see a female con artist. I wish there was more interaction between different characters or something more suspenseful. Like is Max also a con artist - could’ve been cool to see more interactions/ plot there.”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingImmersive settingDarkThought-provokingLack of diversityUnsatisfying endingUnsatisfying plot
Red Angry Face“what!!!?? I’m so confused but I also really liked this book. I don’t want to include any spoilers but I will say this; I really enjoyed reading this book, but I wish I didn’t finish it. I hated the ending. The writing is SO amazing and I’ll definitely be reading more of Emma Cline in the figure. I hated the main character and she is a total mess!! But that was kinda the point. Reading this book gave me so much anxiety. lol.”
AddictiveDarkUnsatisfying endingUnsatisfying plot

About Emma Cline

Emma Cline is the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls and the story collection Daddy. The Girls was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and the winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. Cline’s stories have been published in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, and The Best American Short Stories. She was named a Guggenheim Fellow, received the Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review and an O. Henry Award, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists.

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