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Marlena: A Novel von Julie Buntin
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Marlena: A Novel (Original 2017; 2017. Auflage)

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"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 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 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."--… (mehr)
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Titel:Marlena: A Novel
Autoren:Julie Buntin (Autor)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (2017), Edition: 1st, 288 pages
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Marlena von Julie Buntin (2017)

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Densely written, slow read (plot was not engaging at several points)
Adolescent female friendship, discovery, and identity
Rural America, opioid/alcohol addiction, poverty, abuse (graphic sexual content); survivor’s guilt
Character-driven
Memory creation and recreation. Past as part of present, stories that continually create who we believe ourselves to be ( )
  Michelle_abelha | Dec 12, 2021 |
I loved every minute of this book. It reminded me (slightly) of "The Girls" but 1,000 x better.

I kept catching myself thinking that "Marlena" was a memoir/nonfiction. I think it's due to the writing style and feeling so close to the characters. Props to Buntin!

I would and will easily recommend this book to others. The story was raw, gripping, explosive, sad, and true. I felt all of Cat's insecurities and I savored Marlena's ability to hide herself, even at times, from the reader.

The writing was enthralling. I couldn't put this book down. Thank you to Julie Buntin for writing this novel and to Book of the Month Club for recommending it to me although I have a feeling "Marlena" would have found it's way to me at some point! ( )
  booksforbrunch | May 5, 2021 |
Julie Buntin has done something quite special here: Write a novel that takes place in both the present and the past, that's about growing up and loss, that manages to honor that very tall order she sets for herself by managing to write her characters in different voices, reflective of who they are, where in the story. Present day Cat (protagonist) is pensive and sad, young Cat romanticizes via long sentences and ample metaphors, Cat near the end of her story in the past begins to sound much more like Cat in the present.

This is mid-career, 6th or 7th novel kinda stuff, after getting bashed about from bad reviews, and well growing up. This is Julie Buntin's first novel and she's already there.

This is a very sad book. About friendship, loss, addiction and growing up as a painful, awkward process. But I would recommend it to anyone who simply feels enlived by watching a beautifully written story unfold, to know that you are under the guide of a truly gifted writer sharing that gift with you. I can't wait to read whatever Julie Buntin does next. ( )
  Smokler | Jan 3, 2021 |
This is a good novel about a relationship between two young girls who come together because of circumstances. While Marlena has lived in Silver Lake all her life, Cat is new to the whole area and certainly the way of life of these people. Cat came from a total different atmosphere, with private schools, etc. Her father leaves the family and Mom, Cat and Jimmy are forced to lower the living standards and move here.
There are things that are going on that Cat is not too sure about. Meth cooking, Oxy addictions, etc. She just feels so drawn to Marlena and everything different about her.

This is a strong novel about the friendship between two young girls and the way that we sort of glamorize someone who has left us young. ( )
  JReynolds1959 | Sep 22, 2020 |
This book was very heavy, but very well handled. I think it captured the naive parts of being a teenager as well as the twisty parts incredibly well. ( )
  Hilaurious | Jun 2, 2020 |

“..a thrilling and important examination of female adolescent friendship … Marlena feels timeless, its vivid characters suspended in the difficult moment of awakening just before adulthood. It is a gem of a book, brief and urgent, nearly perfect in its execution … We know from the start that Marlena will die. Buntin tells us this on the fourth page of her novel. This early revelation is a daring authorial move that, in lesser hands, would knock the tension out of the narrative. But when Marlena finally meets her end, it feels neither inevitable or muted: Instead, the loss of this young, bright life strikes readers as both surprising and tragic … as Buntin heartbreakingly illustrates in the elegiac Marlena, there is a firm line that exists between children who are loved and cared for — even by a parent who makes mistakes — and children who are not.”
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"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 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 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."--

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