Marlena (Paperback)Julie Buntin (author)
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Tell me what you can't forget,and I'll tell you who you are . . .
Cat is fifteen and the lonely new girl in town. Until she meets her neighbour, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat is quickly lured into Marlena's roller-coaster orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blonde hair. Within one intense, obsessive year of friendship, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby.
Decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try again to move on, even as the memory of Marlena calls her back.
Marlena is a riveting, intelligent and brilliant novel from debut author Julie Buntin.
'If you loved The Girls, this is for you . . . totally addictive' Grazia
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 211 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 17 mm
Julie Buntin captures that unique moment at the precipice of adulthood with emotional honesty and insight. She writes the kind of piercing, revelatory sentences you have to read to whomever is near, sentences you find yourself remembering years later -- Jonathan Safran Foer
[A] vivid debut. . . .Buntin's prose is emotional and immediate, and the interior lives she draws of young women and obsessive best friends are Ferrante-esque * Booklist *
Sensitive and smart and arrestingly beautiful, makes coming-of-age stories feel both urgent and new. It could so easily be cliched or sentimental. It is neither. Buntin creates a world so subtle and nuanced and alive that it imprints like a memory. Devastating; as unforgettable as it is gorgeous. * Kirkus *
One of this year's buzziest debuts * Vogue *
Smart, sassy, sexy * Red *
Marlena felt urgent and alive. It's shocking and disturbing, but its depiction of an intense, obsessive friendship felt nuanced and heartbreakingly real. * Stylist *
In Marlena, Julie Buntin revitalizes a classic story making it all her own with sensuous, vibrant prose and a narrator who feels deeply even as she feints certain painful truths about herself. In these pages I not only saw my own story, I came to understand it better. Many readers will too. This is a fierce and gorgeous debut -- Edan Lepucki, bestselling author of California
Marlena slayed me. Gorgeously written, with a sense of place so perfect I didn't even have to close my eyes to pretend I was there, this novel is rich and sensuous and beautifully conceived. Buntin writes about the all-consuming bond between teenage girls with urgency and suspense and despair. I loved every word -- Anton DiSclafani, bestselling author of The After Party and The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
Mesmerizing . . . an indelible portrait of friendship, the power of influence and the kind of regret that can last a lifetime * Harpers Bazaar *
Buntin's prose crackles like static electricity . . . she explores addiction and loss with poetic tenderness * New York Observer *
Beautifully descriptive . . . This generous, sensitive novel of true feeling is at its most moving when it sweeps you up . . . a painful exorcism and a devoted memorial to friends and selves who are gone * New York Times Book Review *
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This may well be the best debut you'll read all year, at the very least it'll be in your top two (I'm still not giving up my love of 'The Nix' – although 'Marlena' is very, very... More
“Haunting and Wonderful”
This is a wonderful debut from a real talent. Lyrically and beautifully written, this draws you into the story of the doomed friendship between Cat and Marlena, and transports you back to your own teenage years. Told... More
“Beautiful and Harsh”
Beautifully composed, Marlena is a story of the darkest kind of teen angst where pain is genuine and adulthood is thrust upon a young woman far too early. I was particularly impressed by the narrative framework of... More
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