The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein

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A mesmerizing tale of emotional suspense where the only certainty is uncertainty; where reality for a young girl becomes a dangerous act of invention.

To anyone who wonders whether it is possible to survive adolescence, this is as much as I can offer of reassurance." So begins Rachel Klein's dark and disturbing first novel. Told through the page of a sixteen year-old girl's journal, The Moth Diaries is an unsettling and provocative portrait of obsession and fear.

In the hothouse atmosphere of an exclusive girls' boarding school during the late sixties, political activism, social revolution, and the war in Vietnam might never have happened. Nothing existed outside the girls and the school where it was all too easy to confuse fantasy and reality; friendship and lust; dreaming and wakefulness. And just as easy for the unnamed narrator, isolated with her increasingly obsessive musings, to imagine that a schoolmate was slowly destroying her friend and roommate. But what was the truth? That Ernessa was a vampire responsible not only for Lucy's mysterious and wasting illness but for a series of other disasters at the school as well? Or that the narrator, fragile and unstable, had intricately constructed her own gothic nightmare? Thirty years later, rereading her journal, she is no more certain than we are.

Brilliantly conceived and compellingly readable, The Moth Diaries will haunt readers long after they've turned the final page.


About Rachel Klein

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Klein is a writer, hiker, musician, and collector.
Published April 7, 2005 by Faber & Faber. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror. Fiction

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Two of the strangest are Dora (a pothead intellectual who quotes Nietzsche from memory and plans to write a novel based on his philosophy) and the intense loner Ernessa.

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The Guardian

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The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein 260pp, Faber, £9.99 The Moth Diaries delves deeper into the neuroses and psyche of female adolescence than anything I've read.

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Publishers Weekly

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But a new girl named Ernessa worms in on the girls' friendship, causing the narrator to grow increasingly obsessive about Lucy and eventually fearful for Lucy's life.

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With the treatment that vampires have been getting in books and film recently, you can imagine that the likes of Bram Stoker, F.W.

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Time Out New York

[Dum-dum-dum!] Never mind that the movie removes the notions of doubt that made Klein’s book psychologically complex;

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Horror News Net

Rebecca is suspicious of Ernessa, the new arrival at her boarding school.

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Reasonably well adjusted after her father, a well-regarded poet, committed suicide a few years ago, Rebecca leans heavily on the support of best friend Lucy (Sarah Gadon), one of the few Brangwyn girls who isn't there as a result of some past trouble or trauma.

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Film School Rejects

On top of all that, Rebecca also has to deal with the fact that every new friend she tries to replace Lucie with gets sent away under questionable circumstances, the school seems to be suddenly plagued with swarms of aggressive moths, she’s continually haunted by visions of both her father’s and ...

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