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  • Published: 28 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241986516
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

Marilou is Everywhere




A richly atmospheric American debut about lost innocence and life on the ragged margins of society

Jude is popular, beautiful, wealthier than most in Deep Valley. Cindy is Jude's neighbour - younger, poorer, a kid from the kind of family everyone knows will come to no good. Jude is black and Cindy is white. One summer, Jude disappears. Search parties go out but come back empty-handed and strangely pleased. Jude thought she was better than everyone else. Look at her now. Meanwhile Cindy is performing a vanishing act of her own. She is slipping out of her old life and into someone else's. She is becoming Jude . . .

  • Published: 28 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241986516
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

Praise for Marilou is Everywhere

Rich and vivid, [a] hauntingly gorgeous debut novel... Smith captures this unstable world with matter-of-fact poetry, spare and sensual and surprisingly funny

Kirkus (STARRED REVIEW)

This is a mysterious and strangely exciting debut. Smith is a poet, and writes in sensory driven, soul-tapping prose.

Booklist

Feral, alert and hungry, an unsettling coming-of-age story. Her words create a picture of desperation and absence and a poignant story of accountability

BUST

An eerie exploration of desperation and the complexities of maternal love... Sure to be a page-turner

Lit Hub (Most Anticipated Books of 2019)

'Remarkable. Fiction debuts this accomplished don't come along very often . . . Smith is a writer of immense talent and rare imagination [and] this novel reads like a miracle'

NPR

Strange and powerful . . . It's a book brimming with longing, with heartbreak. It's a coming-of-age by coming into somebody else

The New York Times

One of the most unforgettable books I've read this year, offering a uniquely haunting, but also disarmingly funny and lyrical look at loss, love and the desire to be seen

NYLON

Enthralling, startling and stunning... The prose leaves you raw, defying you to articulate what the book is because it feels too immense, promising no easy answers

Paste

A stunningly evocative debut novel

Boston Globe

Audacious... Smith's beautiful, poetic prose transforms this strange coming-of-age story into something wondrous

Daily Express, Best New Paperbacks of Summer 2020

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