Marlena

Marlena

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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-- 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.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2017.
ISBN: 9781627797634
1627797637
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource.
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Tell me what you can't forget, and I'll tell you who you are. So begins this elegiac novel about loss, guilt, and the friends we leave behind. What Cat can't forget is her best friend from high school, Marlena, the winsome but troubled daughter of the creepy man next door. Two years older, Marlen... Read More »


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llwboston
Dec 02, 2017

This contemporary coming of age tale offers a bleak, compelling portrait of teenagers struggling to overcome despair in rural Northern Michigan, by turning to substance abuse. I was absorbed by Julie Buntin's detailed and sympathetic descriptions of the chaotic daily lives of her teenaged characters. Narrator Cat is an alcoholic adult whose teen years were disrupted by divorce. Forced to leave a school she loved to move with her mother, she befriended new neighbor Marlena, an older girl whose father manufactured crystal meth. Cat survived into adulthood, Marlena did not. Now in her 30s Cat's alcoholism threatens to destroy her life as she recalls her teenage past.

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KatG1983
Jun 18, 2017

The story is at times quite compelling, but I did find that my interest waned from time to time. A promising debut from Buntin.

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laphampeak
Jun 09, 2017

Besides a perceptive and internal view of the effects of drugs on family and friends this story shows how Marlena and her developing relationships are heavily influenced by each other.
Marlena's mother is gone, father has a meth lab and her life spins out of control. Control is what she seeks in her world of conflicting role models. If you haven't known someone with a drug problem or have had teenage kids in a world of conflicting desire this is a good read. If you have it's a bleak reminder. Not a happy story but written with depth and sympathy.

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