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That Green Eyed Girl

by Julie Owen Moylan


An evocative, mysterious, heart-breaking yet satisfying story set over the course of two sweltering summers, twenty years apart. Featuring one of the more loathsome characters I’ve come across in a long time, That Green Eyed Girl had me gripped from its opening line: The day the box arrived, my mother thought she was Jesus.

In an apartment on the Lower East Side, school teachers Dovie and Gillian live as lodgers. Dancing behind closed curtains, mixing cocktails for two, they guard their private lives fiercely. Until someone guesses the truth . . .

Twenty years later in the same apartment, Ava Winters is keeping her own secret. Her father has run off with a much younger woman.  Her mother has become erratic and unhinged, haunted by something Ava doesn’t understand – until one stifling July morning, she disappears.  Ava has never felt so alone. The only spark of interest in that oppressively hot summer is the arrival of a parcel addressed simply to ‘Apartment 3B’.  It contains a few odd items along with a photo of a woman with the word ‘LIAR’ scrawled across it.  What does it mean?  Who sent it? And could this parcel possibly answer some of Ava’s questions about her own life?

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A gorgeous, evocative novel that’s part love story, part coming of age and part mystery. But all parts are superlative! ― Red Online

Old school New York, cocktails and jazz bars and pulsing heat. A story of love and loneliness, it’s heart-breaking and complex and oh so real. I loved it — Laura Shepherd-Robinson, author of Blood and Sugar

With an intriguing opening line and a camera-like gaze, the author places her readers in a New York apartment, where you feel the heat and hear the tinny radio . . . The characters are deftly drawn and emotionally engaging, and the plot develops at just the right pace, with unexpected twists. An accomplished debut ― Woman’s Weekly

Set in the smoky jazz bars of 1950s New York, this debut novel by Julie Owen Moylan brings to life an array of powerful, bold and complicated women – all of whom have their own stories and secrets. The mystery at hand is soft and gently unfolds to climax into a satisfying but heartbreaking ending ― Evening Standard, Best Thrillers Books to read in 2022


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