“It’s absurd. It’s obnoxious. It’s impossible to leave.”
Were you in a sorority? If you answer yes, Genevieve Sly Crane’s novel, SORORITY (Scout) is the book for you. SORORITY is a deliciously addictive, compulsively readable exploration of female friendship and coming of age. And let’s face it, those of us, who answer no, are really curious about what goes on in a sorority house.
Shannon is a bulimic. Kyra is considered a slut. Ruby worships at the altar of weight watchers. Marcia is failing all her classes, while popping Ecstasy. Ruby is a rich bitch. Jennifer is good at everything, except commitment. Lisa is a pot smoking Barre addict. And Margot is dead.
There’s a rumor she died because she couldn’t take the pressure of being a pledge. You may not ask what happened to her. It’s not your business. But it wasn’t a suicide, if you’re wondering.
Spring Fling will not be cancelled. The deposit is non-refundable. And Margot would have wanted the sisterhood to continue in her absence, if only to protect her sisters’ secrets.
With a sharp sense of character and prose, Crane exposes the undercurrents of tension in a world where twin-sets, pearls, secret handshakes and perfection come at a cost. Where love bombing, used in cults, keeps the girls in line.
The best things in life are painful and nearly impossible to acquire: Beauty. A mother’s love. And friendship, or at least the appearance of it.
Genevieve Sly Crane was the Pledge Mistress of her own sorority. She graduated from Stony Brook University with her MFA in Creative Writing and Literature in 2013. Her work has appeared in The Southampton Review and American Short Fiction. Her story “Endings, Bright and Ugly” was a finalist in the 2017 American Short(er) Fiction Prize. She teaches in the Department of English at Monroe College.