"Northeast Regional" by Emma Cline Originally published in the April 4, 2017 issue of The New Yorker.
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!