By Julie Buntin
Marlena is a bright portrayal of an intoxicating friendship and the risks it results in; ideal for enthusiasts of The ladies by Emma Cline and My superb pal by Elena Ferrante.
Everything approximately fifteen-year-old Cat's new city in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, till she meets her neighbour, the manic, appealing, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, green and determined for connection, is instantly lured into Marlena's orbit by way of 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 type of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts - first drink, first cigarette, first kiss - whereas Marlena's behavior harden and calcify. in the yr, Marlena is useless, drowned in six inches of icy water within the woods close by. Now, many years later, whilst a ghost from that pivotal yr surfaces by surprise, Cat needs to attempt to forgive herself and circulate 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 drag ourselves again from the brink.
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