Luncheon Event with Author Julie Buntin

marlena  julie buntin novel mclean and eakin booksellers bookstore event bookLuncheon Event with Author Julie Buntin

McLean & Eakin Booksellers will welcome Petoskey native, Julie Buntin for a visit on Thursday, July 13 from noon until 2 p.m. for a luncheon at the Stafford’s Perry Hotel Rose Room. This is a ticketed event and reservations are required. The ticket cost for this luncheon is $25. For more information, please contact us at 231.347.1180 or send us an email.  Julie will visit to promote her debut novel, Marlena. 

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.


Julie Buntin is from northern Michigan and her work has been published in The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan and O, The Oprah Magazine as well as several other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and she teaches fiction at Marymount Manhattan College.

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Event date: 

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

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SKU: x8805

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ISBN: 9781627797641
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - April 4th, 2017

A National Book Critics Circle Leonard Prize Finalist
Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize


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