Everything was the most wonderful thing or the most terrible thing. Which is kind of an exhausting way to look at the world. It takes a lot of energy to sustain.

For Refinery29, Gillian Orr interviews Emma Cline, author of The Girls, about her inspiration behind the book that netted a $2 million advance: the trials of girlhood, the mythology of California, and the peripheral viewpoint.

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