Pub Day Event · In celebration of New York Times bestselling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's new novel, Fierce Little Thing, she'll be joined by powerhouse writers Leslie Jamison, Marcy Dermansky, and Emily Raboteau, to talk about writing female power.
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New York Times bestselling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s Fierce Little Thing is a mesmerizing story of friendship and its reckonings.
“It’s time to come Home. All five of you. Or else.”
Saskia was a damaged, lonely teenager when she arrived at the lakeside commune called Home. She was entranced by the tang of sourdough starter; the midnight call of the loons; the triumph of foraging wild mushrooms from the forest floor. But most of all she was taken with Abraham, Home's charismatic leader, the North Star to Saskia and the four other teens who lived there, her best and only friends.
Two decades later, Saskia is shuttered in her Connecticut estate, estranged from the others. Her carefully walled life is torn open by threatening letters. Unless she and her former friends return to the land in rural Maine, the terrible thing they did as teenagers—their last-ditch attempt to save Home—will be revealed.
From vastly different lives, the five return to confront their blackmailer and reckon with the horror that split them apart. How far will they go to bury their secret forever?
About the Author
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet, June, Set Me Free, and The Effects of Light. A recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize in Fiction, she lives and writes in Brooklyn.
About the Panelists
Marcy Dermansky is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Very Nice, The Red Car, Bad Marie, and Twins. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Edward F. Albee Foundation. She lives with her daughter in Montclair, New Jersey.
Leslie Jamison is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Recovering and The Empathy Exams, and the novel The Gin Closet. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and her work has appeared in publications including the Atlantic, Harper's, the New York Times Book Review, the Oxford American, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She directs the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Emily Raboteau's books are The Professor's Daughter, Searching for Zion, and Caution: Lessons in Survival, forthcoming from Holt. She lives in the Bronx and teaches creative writing at CUNY.
“Beverly-Whittemore deftly ratchets up the tension...Avoiding the expected storyline…Beverly-Whittemore crafts something else entirely as the sins of the past come home to roost. A compelling study of power, sociopathy, and the possibilities of survival.”
—Kirkus, starred review
“Haunting psychological thriller…Beverly-Whittemore delivers a twisty, rewarding tale of friendship, secrets, and childhood trauma. Donna Tartt fans, take note.”
“Fierce Little Thing devoured me whole. It is at once a propulsive, perfectly plotted thriller and an exquisitely written, marvelously dark coming-of-age story. Once I opened it, I couldn't stop turning the pages. Once I finished it, it continued to haunt my thoughts. A spectacular and consuming read.”
—Cristina Alger, New York Times bestselling author of Girls Like Us
“Gorgeously written and brilliantly structured, Fierce Little Thing is a suspenseful, evocative coming-of-age tale about the unique worth of old friendships and the profound challenge of finding your true place in the world.”
—Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of A Good Marriage
“Fierce Little Thing is Miranda Beverly-Whittemore at her finest. A moody, gripping, and profoundly haunting story of a young girl desperate for connection and salvation. Beverly-Whittemore renders a wild, treacherous world and invites us to stand perilously close to the edge.”
—Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
“With its propulsive momentum and its lush world, Fierce Little Thing kept me up late at night and splintered into my dreams. I experienced this novel with my whole body--tasted its sourdough, smelled its hand-dug latrines, heard its crackling pine needles and whispered secrets--and felt charged and changed by its explorations of the ways our adult lives keep circling the wounds and betrayals of childhood--as well as its sharp, tender insistence on the ways darkness and beauty sit side by side.”
—Leslie Jamison, New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams