Book: Marlena

May 18, 2017


Everything about 15-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely, until she meets her neighbour — 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-blonde 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 a 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 unexpectedly resurfaces, Cat must try to forgive herself and move on, even as the memory of Marlena keeps her tangled in the past.

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