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Marlena

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
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 15-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.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Terrific...A novel of deep and exquisite intelligence, humor, and riveting sensitivity." - Lorrie Moore


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Hardback Editions

June 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Marlena
Author(s): Julie Buntin
ISBN: 1-5098-4412-0 / 978-1-5098-4412-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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April 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Marlena: A Novel
Author(s): Julie Buntin
ISBN: 1-62779-764-5 / 978-1-62779-764-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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Paperback Editions

April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Marlena
Author(s): Julie Buntin
ISBN: 1-5098-4414-7 / 978-1-5098-4414-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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April 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Marlena: A Novel
Author(s): Julie Buntin
ISBN: 1-250-16015-4 / 978-1-250-16015-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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April 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Marlena
Author(s): Julie Buntin
ISBN: 1-5098-4413-9 / 978-1-5098-4413-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

April 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Marlena Lib/E
Author(s): Julie Buntin
ISBN: 1-5047-7752-2 / 978-1-5047-7752-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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April 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Marlena: A Novel
Author(s): Julie Buntin
ISBN: 1-5047-7753-0 / 978-1-5047-7753-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Marlena: A Novel
Author(s): Julie Buntin
ISBN: 1-5047-7754-9 / 978-1-5047-7754-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Marlena: A Novel
Author(s): Julie Buntin
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   


April 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Marlena: A Novel
Author(s): Julie Buntin
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Marlena
Author(s): Julie Buntin
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Marlena: A Novel
Author(s): Julie Buntin
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Availability: Amazon CA