Superb reviews for Sally Bellerose’s The Girls Club

 

Congratulations are due to Sally Bellerose for her incredible debut novel, The Girls Club. Here is what the critics have to say:

“In her debut novel, Bellerose deftly tells the story of Cora Rose, Marie, and Renee LaBarre, a trio of working-class sisters in small-town Massachusetts who are best friends, mortal enemies, and forever loyal to each other. . . . No matter what one’s view of sexuality, the portrayal of Cora Rose, a lesbian struggling to deny her realities to everyone including herself, is riveting and at times heartbreaking. A fast-paced, well-written tale with characters who will linger in the reader’s memory long after the final page is turned.” —Publishers Weekly

“a tale that is at turns gritty and funny and always bittersweet. Winner of the Bywater Prize for Fiction, this first novel provides an intense study of human frailty and hope; sure to appeal to readers who enjoy literate coming-of-age and coming-out fiction.” —Library Journal

“Bellerose is a magnificent writer with a particular talent for character. You know each and every one of these sisters by the second or third chapter. . . . Also noteworthy is Cora Rose’s husband, Joe. Many terrific writers of women’s fiction (if there is such a thing as women’s fiction) seem to draw blanks when it comes to writing men. Not Bellerose. Her Joe is a clearly delineated, beautifully detailed 1970s husband, caught between traditional values and changing times. . . . The plot? Nothing more than life itself. There is no mystery to solve or objective to accomplish other than surviving what is thrown at the characters, and that’s the marvel of this book. Bellerose moves these wonderous creations of hers through the ordinary pitfalls of life, showcasing their heartbreaks, their triumphs and their shame with equal assurance. The Girls Club is an incredible book—not just for girls, but for everyone.” —Jerry Wheeler, Out In Print

“Bellerose’s warm novel embraces the concept of sisterhood with propulsive gusto—mostly the real deal of sisters caring deeply for each other, even as they squabble, but with hints that the sisterhood of nascent feminism has reached the small town where the three are realizing their emotional and sexual selves.” —Richard Labonte, Book Marks