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The Girls

Narrated by: Katherine Littrell
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
4.2 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In 2005, Chloe Higgins was 17 years old. She and her mother, Rhonda, stayed home so that she could revise for her exams while her two younger sisters, Carlie and Lisa, went skiing with their father. On the way back from their trip, their car veered off the highway, flipped on its side and burst into flames. Both her sisters were killed. Their father walked away from the accident with only minor injuries. 

This book is about what happened next. 

In a memoir of breathtaking power, Chloe Higgins describes the heartbreaking aftermath of that one terrible day. It is a story of grieving, and learning to leave grief behind, for anyone who has ever loved and lost. 

©2019 Chloe Higgins (P)2019 Pan Macmillan AU

Critic Reviews

"Higgins spares nothing in her telling of the slow violence of grief, in the puzzlement of transformation and the skewing of sound mind from one instant of catastrophe...An exacting act of detonation, The Girls bares a talented writer's foundations at the same time as it raises the spirit of survival." (Kate Holden, author of In My Skin

"A tender and heartfelt book, exploring the intricacies and long aftermath of trauma and grief with great frankness and directness. Its honest and exacting exploration of what happens to the body and the self in grief is deeply moving, without being excoriating, and the writing is both lyrical and tough - Higgins has a distinctive and accomplished voice, and this book is a beautiful achievement." (Fiona Wright)

"An astounding new voice whose work mines the slippery regions between grief, sex, love, parents and children. This book is a rare find." (Felicity Castagna) 

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parallel lives

this storu is uncanny and eerily similar toy own life...without so much greater though

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Raw, harrowing and radical honesty.

Chloe's story is one to be read. She unapologetically shares her deepest truths of what life is like when there is extreme grief and a sudden change of circumstances of family life. Many times my heart sinks and aches, finding it hard to swallow the big lump in my throat. Her writing welcomes you into her mind and the sorrow of what her parents had to experience. She unpacks the unspoken words of child-parent relationships. It really is a privilege to be allowed this opportunity.. Overall it's a liberating, courageous read. Good on you Chloe. What a feat to share your truth.

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I couldn't stop listening

Such empathy for Chloe - her struggle dealing with the trauma, the effects of the death of her sisters on herself and parents is life long. Her honest, raw and sad story is undeniably courageous. Sadly the effects of trauma isn't something a lot of people understand....I applaud Chloe!

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  • 26-06-2020

Creative Writing Student’s Dear Diary Excerpts...

Is how this book came across to me. In all the reviews of it I read, words like raw, heartbreaking and brave were thrown about with such abandon, I kept wanting to like it, and for the point of it to reveal itself. But all I was left with was a sense of an artless montage of diary entries and a voyeuristic feeling.