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Author:  Amanda Coe
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0393081389
ISBN-13: 9780393081381
Sku: 222854681
Publish Date: 3/19/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 6L x 1T
Pages:  250
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An unforgettable debut about the pain, joy, and occasional beauty of childhood and its nearly unspeakable dangers.
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Two 10-year-old girls growing up in a tough town in the 1970s think their dreams are about to come true when a popular television star shoots a movie nearby, but instead face awful consequences when they become victims of playground bullying. 20,000 first printing.

Like Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin and Donna Tartt's The Little Friend, this gripping novel pulls you toward its unimaginable climax and will leave you haunted and heartbroken.

Spoiled but emotionally neglected Gemma, who seems to have everything, and semi-feral Pauline, who has less than nothing, are two very different ten-year-old girls growing up in a tough Yorkshire town in the 1970s. Pauline longs for the simple luxuries of Gemma's life: her neatly folded socks and her clean hair. Gemma, upset by her parent's breakup, loses herself in fantasies of meeting the child television star Lallie. When Lallie shoots a movie in their hometown, Gemma and Pauline grab the chance for their wildest dreams to come true. But the film becomes a terrible catalyst for the larger forces acting on the two girls, a dysfunctional adult world that trickles down to the children; and playground bullying escalates, with dreadful consequences.

It is the summer of 1975, and 11-year-old British sitcom star Lallie Paluza is at the height of her popularity. When it is announced that she will be filming her big-screen debut in a Yorkshire town, two young local fans, Gemma and Pauline, become determined to win bit parts in the production. The adult characters in WHAT THEY DO IN THE DARK include Lallie's exploitive stage mother, a predatory American producer, a jealous aging actress, Gemma's divorced parents, and Pauline's family of petty criminals. The dysfunction of the adults surrounding them has disastrous effects on the three girls, and the novel builds to a dark and shocking conclusion.


"A rich novel that explores the 'darkness' of social dysfunction both in 10-year-olds and in the adult world." 01/15/2012

"This is a terrific debut, full of energy and colour; as propulsive as a thriller, but refusing to compromise for the sake of giving satisfaction." - Carrie O'Grady 07/29/2011

"Coe has many credits as a screenwriter, so the tight structure and exquisite tension-building throughout might be expected, but her pitch-perfect, unsentimental evocation of the pleasures, confusions, yearnings, and vulnerabilities of girls is what makes this a stunningly accomplished novel." 03/2012

"[The book's] dark undertones suddenly gather into a stunning, perplexing climax." 05/07/2012

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