Marlena Lib/E (Compact Disc)

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By Julie Buntin, Emma Galvin (Read by)
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A mostly over-medicated manic mess, Marlena is the quirky, cool chick that Cat copies unquestioningly since her move to mind numbing Northern Michigan. Cat is determined to turn over a new leaf, leaving her good girl ways downstate in Detroit. Together, the girls dare each other into a desperate game of living dangerously until a drugged-out Marlena inexplicably drowns. Can Cat overcome her impulsive, immature instincts and move past the memories made with Marlena or will she find herself following in the same, fateful footsteps as her never-forgotten friend?

 

 

— Kristin Bates

April 2017 Indie Next List


“I can't believe this is a debut novel: the writing is so assured; the prose so exquisite. Buntin is a master of word choice, and every sentence felt deliberate and precise. I quickly got sucked into this story about a pair of teenage girls, one doomed, one not. It was a quick read, but one I found myself lingering over. I'd recommend Marlena to fans of Megan Abbott's dark, twisty books about girlhood - this is a similarly fierce read!”
— Lauren Peugh (E), Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ

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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.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781504777520
ISBN-10: 1504777522
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017
Language: English
 

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