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  • Published: 1 February 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141987309
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

White Girls

A landmark work on race, sex, love and selfhood, from one of America's most iconic writers and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism 2017

'I defy you to read this book and come away with a mind unchanged' - John Jeremiah Sullivan

"I see how we are all the same, that none of us are white women or black men; rather, we're a series of mouths, and that every mouth needs filling: with something wet or dry, like love, or unfamiliar and savory, like love"

This is an extraordinary, complex portrait of "white girls," an expansive but precise category that encompasses figures more diverse than you might think. With blazing intelligence and insight, Als travels through the last decades of the twentieth century, from Flannery O'Connor's rural South, through Michael Jackson in the Motown years, to Jean Paul Basquiat, Brooklyn, and the AIDS epidemic in nineties New York, in order to unravel the tangled notions of sexual and racial identity that have led us to where we are today. Deftly weaving together brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history, White Girls is one of the most provocative and original books about the culture of our time.

  • Published: 1 February 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141987309
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

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Praise for White Girls

A rhapsodic and provocative collection of essays on race, class, sexuality and identity in America

Financial Times

The first time you read Hilton Als, it's a revelation ... you wonder where this guy has been all your life ... He is both a startlingly insightful intellectual and a friendly, open and generous-spirited companion. It is the authenticity of his voice which makes him so compelling. That and the sheer dazzling brilliance of his writing, visceral and poetic, big-hearted, hot-headed and fierce'

Big Issue

Als has a serious claim to be regarded as the next James Baldwin


A stunning analysis of contemporary culture ... undoubtedly one of the most important books of our times


Pioneering ... a mosaic of thoughts and observations, taking in the landscape of a New York ravaged by AIDS and his private grief for his lost lover, imagining silent film star Louise Brookes' drawling inner life, and examining his own complicated relationship with his sexuality and blackness

AnOther Magazine

Enlightening... a book you should read now


Effortless, fearless and honest

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Kirkus Reviews

Exhilarating ... Audacious

San Francisco Chronicle


Boston Globe

This will be debated for years

Entertainment Weekly

I defy you to read this book and come away with a mind unchanged

John Jeremiah Sullivan


Los Angeles Review of Books

The variations he plays on the themes of identity, intimacy and race achieve a fugue-like complexity and power

Washington Post

This book will change you

Chicago Tribune

Beautiful and deeply intelligent

New Statesman

An intersectional masterpiece of race and sexuality, fact and fiction, memoir and polemic. The book that allowed a generation to make radicalism full of beauty and emotion

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