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 tears into the fabric of contemporary culture. A Puberty Blues for the digital age, a Lolita with a webcam, it’s what happens when young girls are forced to grow up too fast. Or never get the chance to grow up at all.
My novel has been widely and enthusiastically reviewed in the mainstream press and online. See all the reviews so far — including The Australian; Sydney Morning Herald; Newtown Review of Books; Lip Magazine; Birdee; Literary Minded; and YEN.
You can hear me talking about just_a_girl and girls growing up too fast with Natasha Mitchell and Michael Cathcard on Radio National’s Life Matters and Arts + Books Daily.
Donica Bettanin, programming manager of the Wheeler Centre, named just_a_girl as one of her Best Reads of 2013, describing it as a book “which vividly took me back to being a young woman grappling for the first time with sexual power and vulnerability”.
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