Whores on the Hill
Whores on the Hill was selected as a May Must Read by Glamour magazine. It was picked by NPR as a “Best Debut.” The Boston Globe called it
“…an honest, poignant, beautifully written story about teenage sex, from
a young woman’s point of view.”
READ A SAMPLE CHAPTER:
We were fifteen. The world hadn’t even started for us yet, only Astrid taught us to look at the world slant-wise. She cut her wet, almond-shaped eyes at Jagermeister kid and said, “Okay, sure. Like, that’s him.”
“You want him?” Juli asked.
And we were walking. Read more….
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— Colleen Curran (@collcurran) March 11, 2013
What people are saying about Whores on the Hill:
“(R)emarkable first novel…an honest, poignant, beautifully written story about teenage sex, from a young woman’s point of view…The book is raw and explicit, but it has a kind of sweetness, too, as the girls, innocent in so many ways, struggle toward adulthood. Curran’s writing is fresh and authentic, with a singular rhythm that perfectly suits her subject.”
“Bitter, funny, wise and poignant, these risk-takers grow up the hard way and their toughness is only a cover-up for the pain of making the trip from girlhood to womanhood without fracturing their essential hearts of gold.”
“Arresting first novel about a Milwaukee 15-year-old and her two best friends… Curran adds punch to her story with occasional passages based on the format of teen magazine cover lines, like ‘first sexual experience by star sign’ or ‘first kiss.’ But what makes it sing are the lyrical descriptions of the intensity of those first times—including first betrayal by a best friend—and the aftermath of ‘remorse . . . grit and shame and a broken,nameless joy.’ Quick-moving, cleanly written: a promising start for Curran.”