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The Girl

Second revised edition

Meridel Le Sueur

This celebrated novel by one of the leading radical woman writers of the twentieth century is reissued in a format designed for the general reader. Written in 1939, first published in 1978 (by West End Press), The Girl explores the fate of a farm girl who moves to the "dark city" of St. Paul, Minnesota, where she struggles to survive the death of her lover, killed in a bank robbery, and to give birth to her daughter, her hope for a new generation.

"Meridel Le Sueur's work stands, urgent and unique, at that bloody crossroads where politics and culture meet."--Paul Lauter, Trinity College


Meridel Le Sueur was born into a socialist family in 1900 and lived until 1996, spending most of her life in the Middle West. Her stunning and eloquent works include short stories, novels, popular histories, books for children, poetry, and memoir. Blacklisted during the McCarthy era in the 1950s, Le Sueur regained prominence during the rise of the feminist movement in the 1970s.


"Meridel, where have you been all my life? Such a powerful writer; such an amazingly sad and brutal story, flat-out gorgeously written."


Bust Magazine

"A young woman off the farm--and known only as Girl--finds work at a speakeasy called the German Village in late 1930s downtown St. Paul, Minn. The hard-luck stories of the wretched women who congregate there form the spine of this proletarian work and offer Girl a glimmer of solace. . . . Le Sueur's feminist novel, written in the '30s and first published in 1978, still strikes viscerally."


Publishers Weekly

Published By West End Press

5 x 8 in. 208 pages