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The Good Girls
An Ordinary Killing
By (author): Sonia Faleiro
9780345816689 Hardcover English General Trade SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies Feb 23, 2021
$32.95 CAD
Active 6.28 x 9.28 x 1.09 in | 1.19 lb 336 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Random House Canada
A shattering, utterly immersive work of investigative journalism, The Good Girls slips behind political maneuvering, caste systems and codes of honour in a village in northern India to tell the real story behind the tragic deaths of two teenage girls and an epidemic of violence against women.

In the early dawn one day in 2014, a man discovered the dead bodies of 14-year-old Lalli Shakya and 16-year-old Padma Shakya hanging from a mango tree on the edge of their village in Uttar Pradesh. When the inseparable cousins hadn’t returned from a walk to the fields to relieve themselves the evening before, their families had begun searching for them. Upon hearing of the discovery and reaching the bodies, the grief-stricken women of the family formed a protective shield around the tree. They knew that if their girls were taken down immediately, they would be forgotten, lost in a brutally inefficient and prejudiced system; but if media arrived, and photos of the bodies went viral, those in power could not ignore the deaths and justice would be served.

Dramatic images of the Shakya girls spread across India and the world, inciting horror and despair. Padma and Lalli died two years after the Delhi bus rape, and many saw the cousins as victims of an ongoing epidemic of violence, one that was emerging in rural villages. The reality that Sonia Faleiro deftly illuminates,wrapped in pressures of caste, gender, technology and teenage desire, proves to be more complicated, and just as devastating.

Intimate, mesmerizing, based on years of meticulous reportage, The Good Girls uncovers the heartbreaking truth of what happened that night through the voices of the girls’ families, those who saw them last and the legal and medical officials who touched the case.

Story Locale: Uttar Pradesh, India

A MODERN CLASSIC OF TRUE CRIME: Bringing together the empathy and cultural insight of Behind the Beautiful Forevers with the brilliant crime reportage of In Cold Blood and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Good Girls is a deeply satisfying read.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING AT ITS FINEST: With the commercial success of Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill and Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, readers are hungry for quality journalism.

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Sonia Faleiro’s last work of non-fiction, Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars, was critically lauded, and this book is much anticipated.

TOPICAL: The issue of violence against women and culturally ingrained misogyny continues to draw media attention and incite protests across the world—The Good Girls is an extraordinary addition to literature on this subject.

SONIA FALEIRO is the award-winning author of Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars, named the Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year, and a novella, The Girl. She is a co-founder of a global journalism collective, Deca, which publishes long-form stories to read on mobile devices. Her writing appears in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Harper’s, Granta, and MIT Technology Review. She lives in London.

Author Residence: London, UK

Author Hometown: Goa, India

Author Website: soniafaleiro.com

Author Social Media: Twitter: @soniafaleiro

The Good Girls is transfixing; it has the pacing and mood of a whodunit, but no clear reveal; Faleiro does not indict the cruelty or malice of any individual, nor any particular system. She indicts something even more common, and in its own way far more pernicious: a culture of indifference that allowed for the neglect of the girls in life and in death.” —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times  

“Sonia Faleiro’s meticulously researched investigation results in a powerful, unflinching account of misogyny, female shame and the notion of honour.” —The Guardian 

 “A tale of stymied sexuality and buried secrets…. The Good Girls is a puzzle with a surprise at the end. It’s a riveting, terrible tale, one all too common, but Faleiro’s gorgeous prose makes it bearable.” —Nina Burleigh, The New York Times 

“Razor sharp and brutal, this true crime investigative report will shatter you.” —Vogue India 

“A riveting, sometimes astonishing piece of journalism.” —Wall Street Journal

“[A] gripping, real-life murder mystery…. Taut with dramatic tension, The Good Girls vividly captures the sights, sounds, smells, preoccupations and oppressiveness of the village…. Faleiro writes sensitively about her subjects’ actions and motivations.” —The Financial Times (UK)

“Sonia Faleiro’s excellent narrative-reportage unfolds like a crime thriller…As insightful and feminist as it is deeply sympathetic, the book encourages conversations about freedom, misogyny and violence and about women being the sacrificial lambs at the altar of honour, morality and tradition.”  —The Tribune (India)

“[A] gripping new book…. [T]he story of the eponymous ‘good girls’ slowly finds its shape, like clay in the hand of an expert potter at the wheel. It doesn’t offer cardboard villains and victims for our scrutiny, only an unrelenting thread of loss and grief.” —Mint (India)

“Sonia Faleiro’s [The Good Girls] is thorough in its reporting and often harrowing in its effect.” —India Today

“[A] remarkable feat of reporting.” —The Washington Post

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