Just A Girl – Novel by Kirsten Krauth
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Layla is only 14. She cruises online. She catches trains to meet strangers. Her mother, Margot, never suspects. Even when Layla brings a man into their home. Margot’s caught in her own web: an evangelical church and a charismatic pastor. Meanwhile, downtown, a man opens a suitcase and tenderly places his young lover inside.
just_a_girl is a novel about being isolated and searching for a sense of connection, faith, friendship and healing, and explores what it’s like to grow up negotiating the digital world of facebook, webcams, internet porn, mobile phones and cyberbullying – a world where the line between public and private is increasingly being eroded.
This is a wholly original book whose teenage heroine becomes more convincing and complex as the story progresses.
— The Age
Krauth’s debut is alive with ideas about isolation and connection in the digital age, particularly the way the internet raises the stakes of teenage rebellion.
— The Australian
About the Author
Since taking the leap in her early 30s to pursue her dream of writing fiction, Kirsten has acquired a Masters in Creative Writing (University of Sydney), set up a freelance communications business, and continues to write and publish fiction. She lives in Castlemaine, in Victoria, with her husband and two young children and blogs at Wild Colonial Girl.
Publisher: UWA Publishing
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