Women and Children First (Hardcover)

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Alina Grabowski's Women and Children First is a stunning debut focusing on the death of a teenager at a house party in the tiny coastal town of Nashquitten, MA. This book is a study in loss and grief as ten different women and girls tell their version of what led up to the tragedy. Grabowski's graceful prose builds deep characters who all cared for Lucy in their own way. Addressing class, bullying, and the complications of existing in a small insular town, the structure and way this book is organized is impressive and fascinating to experience.

— Rachel Watkins

"I am a big fan of Women and Children First . . . Alina Grabowski is an astute and limber narrative artist and I could read her prose all day long and never grow weary."--Lorrie Moore, author of A Gate at the Stairs

A gripping literary puzzle that unwinds the private lives of ten women as they confront tragedy in a small Massachusetts town.

Nashquitten, MA, is a decaying coastal enclave that not even tourist season can revive, full of locals who have run the town's industries for generations. When a young woman dies at a house party, the circumstances around her death suspiciously unclear, the tight-knit community is shaken. As a mother grieves her daughter, a teacher her student, a best friend her confidante, the events around the tragedy become a lightning rod: blame is cast, secrets are buried deeper. Some are left to pick up the pieces, while others turn their backs, and all the while, a truth about that dreadful night begins to emerge.

Told through the eyes of ten local women, Grabowski's Women and Children First is an exquisite portrait of grief and a powerful reminder of life's interconnectedness. Touching on womanhood, class, and sexuality, ambition, disappointment, and tragedy, this novel is a stunning rendering of love and loss, and a bracing lesson from a phenomenal new literary talent that no one walks this earth alone.
Alina Grabowski grew up in coastal Massachusetts and holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University. Her writing has appeared in Story, The Masters Review, Joyland, The Adroit Journal, and Day One. She has received scholarships from Aspen Summer Words, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Product Details ISBN: 9781638930785
ISBN-10: 1638930783
Publisher: Zando - Sjp Lit
Publication Date: May 7th, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English