‘The Burning Girl’ Is Greater Than Only A Pretty Victim

‘The Burning Girl’ Is More Than Just A Pretty VictimThe Burning Girl by Claire Messud Hardcover, 247 pages | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book Your purchase helps support NPR programming.
After Gone Girl, Girl on the Train, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and all the other creatively abused women, you could be forgiven for thinking Claire Messud’s The Burning Girl is another would-be bestseller about gendered violence and retribution.
” She would be “sweet Cassie, injured Cassie, neglected Cassie, beautiful Cassie, of the azure eyes and fire-white hair, a Cassie purged by suffering.
But The Burning Girl is instead a subversive commentary on the stories we tell about women, and the ways those stories circumscribe our lives.
We know how the story of a wild runaway girl with creepy stepfather is supposed to end.

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