Everything about fifteen-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 o…
Reading and Q&A with Julie Buntin, author of Marlena
Tuesday, July 18th at 6:30pm.
We were wowed by debut novelist Julie Buntin's book Marlena. Julie captures the setting of wintery northern Michigan and the tenuous friendship of teenage girls perfectly. If you are a fan of Nickolas Butler (and really, who out there in Saturn-land isn't?) and Travis Mulhauser, you'll want to read this book and welcome Julie to the store. Get your tickets soon.
Literati is delighted to welcome Julie Buntin in support of her debut novel, Marlena, a staff favorite.
Marlena is the story of two girls and the wild year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades.
Everything about fifteen-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 is quickly drawn into Marlena’s orbit and as she catalogues a litany of firsts—first drink, first cigarette, first kiss, first pill—Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead,…