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Double Teenage

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  16 reviews
DOUBLE TEENAGE tells the story of Celine and Julie, two girls coming of age in the 1990s in a desert town close to the US-Mexico border. Starting from their shared love of theater, the girls move into a wider world that shimmers with intellectual and artistic possibility, but at the same time, is dense with threat. This unrelenting novel shines a spotlight on paradoxes of ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published March 24th 2016 by Bookhug Press (first published March 24th 2015)
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"Colonialism, white settlers, middle-class aspirations, American military expansion and might; these are the building blocks on which suburban white aspirations in New Mexico are founded, regardless of whether its members identify with the values of American exceptionalism, or, like Celine’s mother, disavow them and chafe at the injustice of it all. On the horizon, along with the desert, there is the tinge of
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved this book. celine and julie are two narrative mirrors erupting out of a desert in new mexico. consistently smart. a work that through anecdote, analysis, and aphorism -- along with elemental doses of despair and anger -- exposes the systemic construction and confines of "girlhood," arguably defined here as an integral, lower limit Tiqqun upper limit Bratmobile.

or, another way: the various acts of defining found to be inextricably tautological to the problem. this dilemma at the heart of
Jan Stinchcomb
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"These are girls not as bodies, not as parts, but as humans being alive. It's amazing this must be said, but it must. Such recognition is not a given; it is a fight."

This is the kind of book I am always waiting for but don't find often enough: heady, feminist, challenging. Formally complex, it progresses from lyrical to surreal, blending urgent ideas from popular culture, recent history and the literary theory so many of us read in graduate school. Still, it remains grounded in reality,
Glennys Egan
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick but poignant read. Being a girl is fucking hard.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book does something I haven't seen before, which I respect, but I don't know if it fully clicked for me. It explicitly states that it's not really about Celine and Julie, the protagonists, as individuals/characters, but objects of social forces, representations of this concept of the Young Girl that Murphy is interested in investigating. Murphy does this by in some places, clearly stating that Celine/Julie (whose names come from a French film) are placeholders, and by making lots of theory ...more
Ita - storiesnotstandards
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Celine felt the desert was a science fiction"

I loved this book. It's the kind of story you don't want to end: poetic, complex and relatable. I am always in search of books like this but they are rare.

It's the story of two friends, Celine and Julie, who live in New Mexico, in a desert town close to the border and Ciudad Juarez, where girls like them disappear all the time.
They grow up, though, and they study art and theory and they fall in love and move from the desert.

There is a lot in this
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This book is not the definitive book on NAFTA, or the American Southwest, or most of the other things that Chris Kraus thinks this book is a definitive exploration of. But this is a book thoughtful about violence and girls and girls' bodies. It is important and critical and novel in medium (it's a pun, of course). It's a very good book.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just the presentation of Vancouver BC (and the skeleton's in its closet) made this book worth it. Told with the skill of a poet, this jagged narrative reveals the hidden, everyday horrors of patriarchal capitalism and its effects on two women trying to survive within it. I loved this book.
J.L. O'Neill
I wanted to like it. I did like it. Then nothing happened. And the final part was disjointed paragraphs about why capitalism is bad and neofeminism is good. I get. It just fell short for me.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really excited to see the next one she puts out—this was great, and a lot of fun, but felt like a stepping stone. The last chapter blew me away.
William O'Hanley
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
violence as desert landscape
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Sarah Schulman
A charming first novel with lots of good writing. In the final quarter it hits a morose boyfriend glitch, but I would definitely read another book by this author. The theme doesn't fully cohere, but the language is inventive and the generational details are resonant.
Charles Baudelaire
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ahhh...just want to go back add to my review...cause ive argued it w/ my friend Eugene...but in swath of great books I read when this came out...which included Argonauts, Cyborgs, My Struggle and the Cusks and My best friend's...this book was the most memorable
Emily Wood
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book !!!!!
Kerry Clare
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this one. Check out my blog for my review.
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