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What Should Be Wild

(2018)
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In this darkly funny, striking debut, a highly unusual young woman must venture into the woods at the edge of her home to remove a curse that has plagued the women in her family for millennia - an utterly original novel with all the mesmerizing power of The Tiger's Wife, The Snow Child, and Swamplandia!

Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family's manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie's father, an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter, has warned Maisie not to venture into the woods. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. What he does not tell Maisie is that for over a millennium her female ancestors have also vanished into the wood, never to emerge - for she is descended from a long line of cursed women.

But one day Maisie's father disappears, and Maisie must venture beyond the walls of her carefully constructed life to find him. Away from her home for the very first time, she encounters a strange world filled with wonder and deception. Yet the farther she strays, the more the woods calls her home. For only there can Maisie finally reckon with her power and come to understand the wildest parts of herself.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"What Should Be Wild is a grim, beautiful book that you won’t be able to put down. It’s a thrilling fairytale that will give you the chills, will make you wonder what’s really hidden in the forest. Julia Fine writes with enormous imagination, and her first novel is a feast." - Annie Hartnett

"Julia Fine is an exciting, excellent writer. And her voice, in What Should Be Wild, says, unspoken, what we all want so badly to hear when we pick up a new book: Let me tell you a story... one you won’t want to end." - Josh Malerman

"What Should Be Wild is a dark, glorious fairytale and a grand adventure. Blending magical realism and riveting storytelling, Ms. Fine knows how to cast a spell over her readers. I was captivated by this book from the first page, and its characters are firmly imprinted on my heart." - Jennie Melamed

"Julia Fine’s bewitching debut is a crackling contemporary fairytale that explores the cost of being extraordinary in a world that asks women to suppress their strength. Fine possesses an astonishing talent as a storyteller. I couldn’t stop reading until every last secret of the forest had been revealed." - Sara Flannery Murphy

"Delightful and darkly magical. Julia Fine has written a beautiful modern myth, a coming-of-age story for a girl with a worrisome power over life and death. I loved it." - Audrey Niffenegger

"What Should Be Wild is a Gothic stunner for the 21st century—provocative, luxuriant, unsettling. Prepare to be mesmerized." - Leni Zumas


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Used availability for Julia Fine's What Should Be Wild

Hardback Editions

May 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: What Should Be Wild: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Fine
ISBN: 0-06-268413-2 / 978-0-06-268413-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Paperback Editions

May 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: What Should Be Wild: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Fine
ISBN: 0-06-268414-0 / 978-0-06-268414-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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Audio Editions

May 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: What Should Be Wild Lib/E
Author(s): Julia Fine
ISBN: 1-5385-1943-7 / 978-1-5385-1943-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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May 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: What Should Be Wild: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Fine
ISBN: 1-5385-1944-5 / 978-1-5385-1944-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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May 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: What Should Be Wild: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Fine
ISBN: 1-5385-1945-3 / 978-1-5385-1945-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: What Should Be Wild: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Fine
Publisher: HarperAudio
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May 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: What Should Be Wild: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Fine
Publisher: HarperAudio
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May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: What Should Be Wild: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Fine
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

May 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: What Should Be Wild: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Fine
Publisher: Harper
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