Emma Cline’s debut novel, The Girls, inspired in part by the Manson murders, was published last year to great hype, hype which began when Random House bought the book a few years earlier for $2 million as part of a three book deal. Most of the reviews I read of the book make it sound like Random House knew what they were doing, and that Cline’s work is worth following.
Having not read The Girls myself, though, I can only say here that I’m glad we can get to know a bit of Cline’s work in The New Yorker. Cline’s interview with Willing Davidson (here) does not suggest “Northeast Regional” is an except, so I think we’re getting a genuine short story from a young voice.
I’m anxious to hear your thoughts on the story or Cline’s work in general below!