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An astonishing debut about friendships made in youth, The Girls from Corona del Mar is a fiercely beautiful novel about how these bonds, challenged by loss, illness, parenthood, and distance, either break or endure.

Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can’t quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend’s life. Then a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall further—and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, brave, fair Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is, and what that question means about them both.

A staggeringly honest, deeply felt novel of family, motherhood, loyalty, and the myth of the perfect friendship, The Girls from Corona del Mar asks just how well we know those we love, what we owe our children, and who we are without our friends.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A knockout…We can’t help but root for these memorable heroines.”


  • “I love childhood BFF novels (hello, Judy Blume!). This one’s adult and enchanting.”


  • “Lorrie Ann and Mia are best friends defined by their differences: Lorrie Ann is beautiful, serene, a rule follower; Mia is fierce, with a recklessness that passes for bravado. Both end up pregnant before graduation, but it’s sweet Lorrie Ann whose life is haunted by ‘the vultures of bad luck.’ [The] girls’ raw, lyrical tone resonates—a gratifyingly honest dispatch from the battle lines of young womanhood.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A ravishing, stay-up-all-night-reading kind of novel.


  • “As Rufi Thorpe demonstrates so vividly in her debut The Girls from Corona del Mar, the one we grow up with is the one we love forever—even well after we’ve grown apart…Over nearly two decades, we watch Mia try to come to terms with her friend’s struggles and to understand why things didn’t go as planned…Because of Thorpe’s raw and intelligent voice, this book stays with you…You may not like either of these women all the time, but you’ll likely recognize them and find it hard to turn away.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Thorpe’s story, though beautifully embellished with international settings and Sumerian legend, is a simple one about the dramas of long-term friendship, its importance and poignancy, its difficulties and disappointment…The Girls From Corona del Mar is a slim book that leaves a deep impression. Mia and Lorrie Ann are vivid and fully formed, and their stories provoke strong emotions that linger like lived memory. Thorpe is a gifted writer who depicts friendship with affection and brutality, rendering all its love and heartbreak in painstaking strokes.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “It’s hard to believe that The Girls from Corona del Mar is Rufi Thorpe’s first novel—she writes like someone who has been through the wringer, like writers of the past who wrote because they needed to, because they had a problem with the way life was and had to tell someone. The Girls from Corona del Mar belongs in a different era, like something that could have been written during the days of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. It’s about two people who, despite the promises that life once held for them, continue on, for better and for worse, to try and capture a dream.”

    Boston Herald

  • “The divergent paths of two girls raised in a Southern California beach town plot the course for Thorpe’s affecting debut novel…Thorpe unflinchingly examines the psychological tug-of-war between the friends, and delves in to the pro-choice debate and issues relating to medical malpractice to give the personal narrative heft. The result is a nuanced portrait of two women who are sisters in everything but name.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This literary novel will leave readers questioning the myths and realities of complicated relationships.”


  • “Elegant yet intense…The Girls from Corona del Mar spans multiple births, deaths, continents, and love affairs as Mia does the difficult work of looking back on her friendship with Lorrie Ann…Thorpe writes descriptive and unhurried sentences, and the character of Lorrie Ann feels alternately vivid and hazy, lovable, and loathsome…Take the time to get to know The Girls from Corona del Mar and contemplate the beautiful and thorny—even agonizing—sides of friendship.”


  • “There’s an ordinariness to this unfolding story about two best friends who are growing up and growing apart. Rebecca Lowman portrays both characters with equal skill. Mia thinks of her best friend, Lorrie Ann, as more than an ordinary girl: In Mia’s eyes, Lorrie Ann is beautiful and pure. Lowman’s steady pace emphasizes Mia’s strong identity, but moments of obvious jealousy come through. When Lorrie Ann’s life takes a turn for the worse, Lowman deftly dramatizes Mia’s attempts to mask her shock and dismay at her friend’s life choices. Lowman provides a beautiful narration as two young women come of age.’


  • Longlisted for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, July 2014
  • Chosen for the Indie Next List July 2014
  • Longlisted for the 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize
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