The Girls

An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down

by Abigail Pesta

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  • 9781580058803
  • 9781580058810
The inside story of how serial predator Larry Nassar got away with abusing hundreds of gymnasts for decades -- and how a team of brave women banded together to bring him down.

We think of Larry Nassar as the despicable sexual predator of Olympic gymnasts -- but there is an astonishing, untold story. For decades, in a small-town gym in Michigan, he honed his manipulations on generations of aspiring gymnasts. Kids from the neighborhood. Girls with hopes of a college scholarship. Athletes and parents with a dream. In The Girls, these brave women for the first time describe Nassar's increasingly bold predations through the years, recount their warning calls unheeded, and demonstrate their resiliency in the face of a nightmare.

The Girls is a profound exploration of trust, ambition, betrayal, and self-discovery. Award-winning journalist Abigail Pesta unveils this deeply reported narrative at a time when the nation is wrestling with the implications of the MeToo movement. How do the women who grew up with Nassar reconcile the monster in the news with the man they once trusted? In The Girls, we learn that their answers to that wrenching question are as rich, insightful, and varied as the human experience itself.


  • Basic Books; August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781580058810
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  • Title: The Girls
  • Author: Abigail Pesta
  • Imprint: Seal Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781580058803
  • 9781580058810

In The Press

"In interviews with 25 survivors -- including the likely first victim and the last -- journalist Abigail Pesta documents how [Larry Nassar] honed his manipulation skills to become the most prolific predator in sports history."—Marie Claire


About The Author

Abigail Pesta is an award-winning journalist and author who has lived and worked around the world, including New York, London, and Hong Kong. She is the coauthor of How Dare the Sun Rise, a memoir of a young woman's phenomenal escape from a childhood massacre in Africa and her journey to a new life in America. Her investigative and feature reporting has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, NBC News, the New York Times, New York Magazine, Marie Claire, The Atlantic, Glamour, Newsweek, and The Daily Beast. Her investigative report on the "honor killing" of a young woman in Arizona was adapted into an episode of 48 Hours on CBS News, as well as an episode of Forbidden on Investigation Discovery, featuring interviews with Abby discussing her findings.

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ISBNs
  • 9781580058803
  • 9781580058810