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Francine Prose

Goldengrove

Francine Prose Goldengrove
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After the sudden death of her beloved older sister, thirteen-year-old Nico finds her life on New England's idyllic Mirror Lake irrevocably altered. Left alone to grope toward understanding, she falls into a seductive, dangerous relationship with her sister's boyfriend. Over one haunted summer, Nico faces that life-changing moment when children realize their parents can no longer help them as she experiences the mystery of loss and recovery. Still, for all the darkness at its heart, Goldengrove is radiant with the lightness of summer and charged by the restless sexual tension of adolescence.

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“...emotionally authentic...a ravishing novel of the mystery of death and life’s assertion.”

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“A beautiful narrative that defines resilience as the sometimes heartbreaking act of simply living”

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“A page-turner, thanks to its wholly identifiable, and perfectly flawed, young heroine. A-”

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“A poignant account of growing up amid sorrow...a tender and moving story of adolescent love.”

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“An exploration of the fragility of adolescent identity and the perilous undertow of grief”

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“Arguably, “Goldengrove” is her best book yet.”

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“Beautifully crafted...perhaps her most emotionally satisfying novel.”

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“Deeply touching and absorbing...”

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“Francine Prose’s new novel is a quiet, clear-eyed, sun-dappled eulogy to lost youth, and a youth lost. . . . [Prose is ] a keen chronicler of human emotion.”

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“Insightful, lyrical... “Goldengrove” is beautifully and simply written...a moving portrait of the search for identity through a landscape of pain and loss.”

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“Ms. Prose is perceptive. . . . Her modest-sounding book turns out to be beautifully wrought.... and yields an unexpectedly rich, tart, eye-opening sense of Nico’s world.”

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“Prose creates characters with real flaws that make the reader both love and hate them. It is easy to put oneself in the position of any of the players...”

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“Prose holds up a mirror to grief and family life we can’t look away from, revealing their truths on page after page, in beautifully crafted writing.”

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“Prose locates the life force that gives her narrator the quirky, irreverent but undeniable sound of a survivor. . . . Prose is tremendously skilled.”

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“Prose’s skillful rendering of the human ability to accept hard truths and move on is a poignant lesson for us all.”

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“With a dazzling mix of directness and metaphor, Prose captures the centrifugal and isolating force of grief...Prose exquisitely renders her characters’ grief and bafflement.”

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“With perfect pitch and no trace of sentimentality, Prose . . . lands on the precise emotional key for this novel . . . allowing humor and compassion to seep through the cracks of an otherwise dark tale.”

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Goldengrove is an emotionally powerful novel about adolescent love and loss from Francine Prose, the New York Times bestselling author of Reading Like a Writer and A Changed Man. Focusing on a young girl facing the consequences of sudden loss after the death of her sister, this masterful coming-of-age work is radiant with the possibility of summer and charged by the restless sexual tension of teenage life.


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