By Julie Buntin
Marlena is a bright portrayal of an intoxicating friendship and the risks it ends up in; excellent for enthusiasts of The ladies by Emma Cline and My remarkable buddy by Elena Ferrante.
Everything approximately fifteen-year-old Cat's new city in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until eventually she meets her neighbour, the manic, attractive, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, green and determined for connection, is instantly lured into Marlena's orbit through little greater than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blonde hair. because the women flip the untamed panorama in their desolate small city right into a form of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts - first drink, first cigarette, first kiss - whereas Marlena's conduct harden and calcify. in the yr, Marlena is lifeless, drowned in six inches of icy water within the woods within reach. Now, many years later, while a ghost from that pivotal yr surfaces unexpectedly, Cat needs to attempt to forgive herself and circulation on, whilst the reminiscence of Marlena retains her tangled within the past.
Alive with an pressing, unshakeable tenderness, Julie Buntin's Marlena is an unforgettable examine the folks who form us past cause and the methods it'd be attainable to tug ourselves again from the brink.
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Marlena by Julie Buntin