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Marlena: A Novel by [Buntin, Julie]
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''The gifted young writer Julie Buntin has written a novel of deep and exquisite intelligence, humor, and riveting sensitivity. A terrific debut.'' --Lorrie Moore author of Bark

''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, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

''Marlena is absolutely lacerating. The most accurate portrait I've read about angst, lust, boredom, and the blindness of youth. It isn't merely a friendship chronicle, nor is it a profile of a doomed, beautiful girl. It's the story of a haunting, about the ghosts that never release us and continue to define us. Julie Buntin's command of her craft is so flawless you forget that it's fiction. I binge-read Marlena - sick to my stomach, with equal parts fear and nostalgia - stunned that any of us made it out of our adolescence alive.'' --Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter

''The true magic of Julie Buntin is she writes stories that feel like your own. This gorgeous, assured debut captures the romance of young friendship, cutting deep with the finest touch.'' --Julia Pierpont, author of Among the Ten Thousand Things

''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

''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

''Sensitive and smart and arrestingly beautiful, debut novelist Buntin's tale of the friendship between two girls in the woods of Northern Michigan makes coming-of-age stories feel both urgent and new. . . .Buntin creates a world so subtle and nuanced and alive that it imprints like a memory. Devastating; as unforgettable as it is gorgeous.'' --Kirkus, starred review

''A keenly observed study of teenage character. . .poignant and unforgettable.'' --Publishers Weekly, starred review

''[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, starred review

''I tore through this stunning debut. . . .maddening, complicated, beautiful, essential. . . .Buntin beautifully captures that time in our lives, when our reliance on our friends feels as profound as our need for water or air.'' --NYLON, 50 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2017

''A novel that's as invigorating and devastating as an intense teenage crush, Marlena is about the people we encounter in life - no matter how briefly - who leave a permanent mark. Julie Buntin's stellar debut has the emotional sophistication of only the very best coming-of-age novels, so it's no wonder it comes with a glowing blurb from Who Will Run the Frog Hospital author Lorrie Moore.'' --Vulture, 25 of the Most Exciting Book Releases for 2017

About the Author

Julie Buntin is from northern Michigan. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, O, The Oprah Magazine, Slate, Electric Literature, and One Teen Story, among other publications. She teaches fiction at Marymount Manhattan College, and is the Director of Writing Programs at Catapult. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product details

  • File Size: 1321 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1627797645
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (April 4, 2017)
  • Publication Date: April 4, 2017
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LYYHKFR
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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