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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,900 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Myla Goldberg Narrator: Myla Goldberg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the bestselling author of Bee Season comes an astonishingly complex psychological drama with a simple setup: two  eleven-year-old girls, best friends and fierce rivals, go into the woods. Only one comes out . . . 

Leaders of a mercurial clique of girls, Celia and Djuna reigned mercilessly over their three followers. One after­noon, they decided to walk home along a forbidden road. Djuna disappeared, and for twenty years Celia blocked out how it happened. 

The lie Celia told to conceal her misdeed became the accepted truth: everyone assumed Djuna had been abducted, though neither she nor her abductor was ever found. Celia’s unconscious avoidance of this has meant that while she and her longtime boyfriend, Huck, are professionally successful, they’ve been unable to move forward, their relationship falling into a rut that threatens to bury them both. 

Celia returns to her hometown to confess the truth, but her family and childhood friends don’t believe her. Huck wants to be supportive, but his love can’t blind him to all that contra­dicts Celia’s version of the past. 

Celia’s desperate search to understand what happened to Djuna has powerful consequences. A deeply resonant and emotionally charged story, The False Friend explores the adults that children become—leading us to question the truths that we accept or reject, as well as the lies to which we succumb.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fascinating and fresh…Written with psychological shrewdness, generosity, and a sure hand.”

    Washington Post

  • “A compelling exploration of the fallibility of memory, explored through richly drawn characters.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Suspenseful and smart…A timely take on the fraught emotional terrain of American schoolgirls.”


  • “Goldberg’s intelligence and psychological acuity are evident on every page…She’s a smart, witty, highly observant writer, and in her latest, the author’s prose is as exceptional as ever.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Cinematically weaving together Celia’s uneasy present with her disturbing past, Goldberg explores the intensity and volatility of friendships between young girls as well as the slipperiness of fidelity and memory.”

    Village Voice

  • “Personal and authentic…Deep and emotionally complex…Goldberg’s portrayal of Celia and Djuna’s friendship is insightful and powerfully resonant.”

    Associated Press

  • “Goldberg does a scarily fine job describing the mean dynamic in a clique of five 11-year-olds…Tense and marvelous.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “The term mean girls is elevated to a new level in Goldberg’s moody novel…This is a layered, understated novel about the complex, ambiguous nature of memory and its effect on the dynamics of relationships.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the October 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kjersti Egerdahl | 2/19/2014

    " Reading and reviewing this for the ELLE magazine Reader's Prize! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Yolanda | 2/18/2014

    " Myla has a perfect way of explaining and capturing the relationships between friends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Suzze Tiernan | 2/4/2014

    " Very readable but I'm not sure I got anything out of it. Was there any resolution? What was I supposed to read into it? Maybe I read it too fast and din't get the deep parts? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michele | 2/1/2014

    " It was a pretty good story, but it kind of went nowhere. I kept thinking that something was going to happen, but it really didn't. "

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