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"Wry, dark and racy ... deals with many levels of the intimate relationships women have."
Philadelphia Weekly

"A wittily frank story of a freshwoman's coming of age."
Philadelphia Inquirer

"This debut novel from Diane Ayres is a frothy good time, packed with sex, seduction, betrayal, revenge, and a healthy addiction to midnight poker. We've heard this girls'-school high jinks tale before, but it's rarely been this much good plain fun."
OUT Magazine

" Other Girls is a dazzling debut ... a romantic, erotic, hilarious and at times, heartbreaking story about love among women ... rowdy, bawdy, utterly believeable ... thoroughly entertaining"
    Philadelphia Gay News

"If the lesbian love story of Other Girls is most likely to attract attention, it's the skill with which Ayres captures campus life in the 70s that will keep you reading."  
    Harrisburg Patriot-News

"Ayres is a talented writer...I was struck time and time again by her intelligent humor and witty dialogue, and the puns that sparkle throughout the book."
Lambda Book Report

Diane Ayres does for same-sex schools what Donna Tartt's The Secret History did for co-eds, weaving a tangled web of Lesbian Vampires, Lovesick Professors, Premature Ejaculators and Swashbuckling Romantics in her Breakout Debut Novel Other Girls

What really goes on behind the ivy-covered walls of a women's college? Welcome to the complicated life of Elizabeth Breedlove, a frosh at Willard College for Women. With Other Girls (Kensington, hardcover and paperback) debut novelist Diane Ayres transports readers to a picturesque, cigarette-smoke-hazy academia where an unlikely love triangle -- or is it a quadrangle? -- is about to turn life at one of America's most elite women's colleges upside down.

Weaving a tangled, colorful web of young and intense emotion, Ayres tells a seductive story about the pain of love and the burdens of growing up that evokes Donna Tartt's A Secret History, the academic romps of Robertson Davies and David Lodge, and even the work of J.D. Salinger. Smart, engrossing, hilariously literate and frighteningly accurate, Other Girls is set in the exclusive - and currently endangered - world of women's colleges. But its timeless narrative and startlingly human characters make it an equal opportunity page-turner about coming of age. MORE