Helen is serving a life sentence at Sloatsburg women's prison for the murder of her children.
Dr. Louise Forrest, a recently divorced mother of an eight-year-old boy, is the new chief of psychiatry there.
Captain Ike Bradshaw is the corrections officer who wants her.
And Angie, an ambitious Hollywood starlet contacted by Helen, is intent on nothing but fame.
Drawing these four characters together in a story of shocking and disturbing revelations, The Big Girls is an electrifying novel about the anarchy of families, the sometimes destructive power of maternal instinct, and the cult of celebrity.
THE BIG GIRLS is set in the dilapidated and mismanaged Sloatsburg women's prison in upstate New York, and the psyches of the novel's four main characters are equally fractured and precarious. Helen, an inmate, has murdered her two children; Dr. Forrest, Helen's psychiatrist, finds herself strangely drawn to her patient; Ike Bradshaw, a correctional guard, both uses and abuses his power; and Vangie, a Hollywood actress, becomes caught up in Helen's delusional inner world. The subject matter is dark, the textures are Gothic and rich, the psychology is riveting, and at the dark center of the book, the murderer Helen is strangely sympathetic. Author Susanna Moore has said that she "loves" Helen, and the most disturbing aspect of this book is that the reader might too.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Psychology, Types of Characters, Settings, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, General, Stages of Life, Human Qualities + Behavior
- May 13, 2008
- May 13, 2008
- Susanna Moore