"The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Leslie and her stories is the courage and ferocity of her women. Women who must negotiate a culture not of their own design and not of their own choosing. Women who have experienced tragedy and misfortune. Women who have made mistakes. Women who are honest in their testimony, resourceful in their lives, daring, not shy." —Robert Olmstead, author ofFar Bright Star
"Leslie Pietrzyk’s hauntingSilver Girl begins in 1980, with a nameless narrator starting her freshman year at a prestigious Chicago-area university. The narrator escaped her economically depressed Iowa hometown, but the emotional baggage of a grim childhood and dysfunctional family continue to weigh her down like the bulky, cheaply made trunk that holds her belongings...Silver Girl concludes with a surge of hope, like the spring thaw after an icebound Chicago winter." —Foreword Reviews
"They think she is a simple, well-mannered girl, quiet and helpful. But the reader has seen into her past, knows her uncle, her little sister, her father, and all that happened back in Iowa. She is anything but. A dark, intense novel on a hot subject: female friendship complicated by class and privilege. Very good." —Kirkus Reviews
Starred Review inPublishers Weekly "The latest from Pietrzyk is a profound, mesmerizing, and disturbing novel that delves into the vagaries of college relationships and how the social-financial stratum one is born into reverberates through one’s life." —Publishers Weekly
"InSilver Girl, Leslie Pietrzyk fearlessly explores the complex inner life of a young woman and her myriad complicated relationships with friends and sisters, while unearthing secrets about her traumatic past. Pietrzyk treats her characters with incredible empathy and tenderness, producing a deeply affecting novel about the terrible things we ask our young women to endure." —Mandy Berman, author ofPerennials
“Silver Girl is a blunt and piercing character study of a young woman making choices that are both understandable and unthinkably wrong; we watch helplessly as our unnamed narrator digs herself in deeper and deeper, sabotaging nearly every relationship in her life. Pietrzyk writes insightfully about female friendship, personal morality and accountability, unspooling an eminently compelling plot and delivering us, finally, to a redeeming moment of grace.” —Carolyn Parkhurst, author ofThe Dogs of Babel
"Pietrzyk’s writing is dense and intense as readers spend the book in her main character’s head, but her story is realistic and never sensational, even with the ripped-from-the-headlines 1982 Tylenol murders providing a backdrop and also personally affecting the girls. Readers who wished that Curtis Sittenfeld’sPrep (2005) was darker should trySilver Girl." —Booklist
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