Anatomy of A Girl Gang

Anatomy of A Girl Gang

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Cast out by mainstream society, a gang of teenage girls known as the "Black Roses" rob ATMs, cook crack on stoves, and savagely beat down anyone who dares to harm them. Brutal and broken, they claw at the knot of darkness and violence that tightens around their lives.
Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9781551525297
Branch Call Number: FIC Littl
Characteristics: 253 pages


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Oct 21, 2015

Anatomy of a Girl Gang – A touching story of vulnerability that’s brutal, edgy and explosive

Five young women, all from seriously dysfunctional backgrounds, form the Black Roses, a girl gang that provides them with safety, family, purpose and love as well as cash from their criminal pursuits.

The leader, Mac, has a mother’s who's a junkie; Mercy, an Indo-Canadian, has lost her parents as a child; Kayos, the Shaughnessy kid has been sexually abused by her step-father; Sly Girl, the Native Indian has escapes the hell that’s the rez, and Z, the Chinese graffiti artist can’t conform to her New Canadian family’s cultural expectations.

For a short time these young women, hardly more than girls, come together and share a special bond, but living outside the law as well as dealing with addictions and the psychological issues that haunt them gradually begin to erode the Black Roses from within and without.

Author Ashley Little tells this story from the POV of the five members. Her voice uses street slang that sounds authentic, as do her descriptions of life on the mean streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The writing is fresh, flawless, and powerfully simple. The plot is brutal, edgy and explosive. The format uses short chapters, graphic headings and jumps back and forth from character to character but manages to remain cohesive and extremely readable.

The author took some chances in writing style, format and subject matter and succeeded in all three. Anatomy of a Girl Gang is a groundbreaker and worthy of the accolade it’s been receiving.

Jan 06, 2015

This is an original. Great writing, scary and touching characters whose survival skills rival the best. Love that this young and talented writer didn't glamorize their stories-nor whitewash their inevitable fate.

May 12, 2014

Winner of BC's 2014 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

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