Marlena

Marlena

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other's for decades. Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat's new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena's orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts -- first drink, first cigarette, first kiss -- while Marlena's habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby. Now, decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try to forgive herself and move on, even as the memory of Marlena keeps her tangled in the past. Alive with an urgent, unshakable tenderness, Julie Buntin's Marlena is an unforgettable look at the people who shape us beyond reason and the ways it might be possible to pull oneself back from the brink."-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2017
ISBN: 9781627797641
1627797645
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 15 cm

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Wonderfully written, realistic portrayal of the friendship between two high school girls. At times funny, at times moving, Buntin captures the sarcastic, awkward, fiercely protective attitude of two deeply connected people and the drama-- both superficial and not-- that follows them.


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