The Guest by Emma Cline
BOOKBAR SAYS: There is something mythic about Emma Cline's sophomore novel, detailing a young woman's grappling to survive one unhoused week in an affluent Long Island community. Cline eschews any concern for her protagonist's 'likeability', and in doing so I often felt oddly implicated in Alex's actions.
A young woman pretends to be someone she isn't in this stunning novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The GirlsSummer is coming to a close on Long Island, and Alex is no longer welcome... One 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, but a gift for navigating the desires of others, Alex stays on the island.
She drifts like a ghost through the gated driveways and sun-blasted dunes of a rarefied world, trailing destruction in her wake. Taut, sensual and impossible to look away from, The Guest captures the latent heat and potential danger of a summer that could go either way for a young woman teetering on the edge. PRAISE FOR EMMA CLINE 'Taut, beautiful and savage' GUARDIAN'So deft, with an undercurrent of unease' PANDORA SYKES'Stunning . . . thrilling . . . a spectacular achievement' THE TIMES'Cline's talent at uncovering the seedy and somehow bringing it to beautiful light is brilliant'DAISY JOHNSON'Something about Cline's intimate tone, her talent for conjuring the feeling of being alive, is entirely and uniquely her own' RACHEL KUSHNER'An astonishingly gifted stylist' BRANDON TAYLOR