The Girls Club by Sally Bellerose

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The Girls Club is the coming-of-age story of a young, white, working-class woman. Set in the 1970s, the story revolves around Cora Rose as she copes with her emerging sexuality, an illness her sisters refer to as "the dreaded bowel disease," and the conflicts created by the growing disparity between her desires and her Catholic upbringing.

Part one deals with the three sisters' adolescent relationship to each other and their Catholic working-class world. Cora Rose's distress at being caught in an embrace with her best friend Stella leads her to sleep with the first boy who shows interest. She is married with a child at age eighteen.

Part two shows how the sisters help and hinder each other in their struggles to take control and responsibility over their lives.

Part three reveals Cora Rose's physical challenges, including an ostomy, that further complicate her feelings about her sexuality and increase her need for her sisters' support. She becomes involved with a woman she meets at a bar called The Girls Club. Marie and Renee play out their own struggles as Cora Rose leaves her husband, fights to keep her child, and overcomes religious and social prejudices that threaten her personal integrity.

Sally Bellerose was awarded a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts based on an excerpt from this book. The manuscript was a finalist for the James Jones Fellowship, the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, and the Bellwether Endowment. Sally Bellerose lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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About Sally Bellerose

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Sally Bellerose: Sally Bellerose was awarded a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts based on an excerpt from The Girls Club. The first chapter of the novel won first place in fiction from Writers at Work and a version of chapter two, altered slightly to become a free standing short story, won the Rick Demarinis Award and will be published in Cutthroat Magazine. Excerpts from the novel have been anthologized and featured in literary journals including, The Sun, The Best of Writers at Work, The Quarterly Review, and Cutthroat. The manuscript was a finalist for the James Jones Fellowship, the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, and the Bellwether Endowment. The Girls Club won the Bywater Prize for Fiction this past May. Sally Bellerose lives in Northampton, MA.
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Bywater Books. 304 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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In her debut novel, Bellerose deftly tells the story of Cora Rose, Marie, and Renee LaBarre, a trio of working-class sisters in small-town Massachusetts who are best friends, mortal enemies, and forever loyal to each other.

Jul 25 2011 | Read Full Review of The Girls Club

Lambda Literary

As the novel progresses, Cora Rose becomes more and more caught up in the community of The Girls Club.

Oct 17 2011 | Read Full Review of The Girls Club

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