GalleyCrush: Girlhood

by Staff

Today’s GalleyCrush is Melissa Febos’s Girlhood, forthcoming from Bloomsbury Publishing on March 30, 2021.

Perfect pitch: “A gripping set of stories about the forces that shape girls and the adults they become. A wise and brilliant guide to transforming the self and our society.”

First lines: “The story went like this: I was a happy child, if also a strange one. There were griefs, but I was safe and well-loved. The age of ten or eleven—the time when my childhood became more distinctly a girlhood—marked a violent turn from this.”

Big blurb: “In this book, Febos proves herself to be one of the great documenters of the terrible and exquisite depths of girlhood. Here, that terrible and beautiful aeon is dissected, sung over, explored like ancient ruins. These essays are moss and iron—hard and beautiful—and struck through with Febos’s signature brilliance and power and grace. An essential, heartbreaking project.” —Carmen Maria Machado

Book notes: Hardcover, essays, 336 pages.

Author bio: Melissa Febos is the author of the memoirs Whip Smart and Abandon Me. Her essays have appeared in Tin House, the Believer, the New York Times, the Kenyon Review, Lenny Letter, and elsewhere. Portions from Abandon Me have won prizes from Prairie Schooner and StoryQuarterly, and have twice earned notice in the 2015 Best American Essays anthology. The recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Ragdale, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Febos serves on the directorial board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and is an assistant professor of creative writing at Monmouth University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.