Marlena, Julie Buntin
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Marlena

Author: Julie Buntin

Narrator: Emma Galvin

Unabridged: 9 hr 38 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 04/18/2017

Genre: Fiction - Literary

Synopsis

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 others for decades Everything about fifteen-year-old Cats 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 Marlenas 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 firstsfirst drink, first cigarette, first kisswhile Marlenas 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 Buntins 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.

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