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Marilou Is Everywhere

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Marilou Is Everywhere by Sarah Elaine Smith
Jul 30, 2019 | 288 Pages
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“Smith’s writing is feral. It’s alert, skittish, and hungry. . .A poignant story of accountability.”– Bust Magazine

“This is a mysterious and strangely exciting debut. Smith is a poet, and writes in sensory-driven, soul-tapping prose . . . Despite her isolation, professed ignorance, and desire to self-annihilate, bright and brave narrator Cindy understands much of the world, its hardships and moral quandaries, and the startling lack of guarantees that come with being born. . . .Literary-minded teens will find a kindred heroine in the wonderfully weird and wry Cindy.”—Booklist

“Smith, who never insults her characters by pitying them, captures this unstable world with matter-of-fact poetry, spare and sensual and surprisingly funny. Bleak and vivid; Smith’s characters are as rich as her prose.” –Kirkus, starred review

“Smith’s rural world is brought to life with precise and devastating descriptions of poverty and neglect… fans of Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling will appreciate Cindy’s toughened point of view and Smith’s close attention to the details of rural Appalachian life. This is a promising debut.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“Sarah Elaine Smith has one of the most likable and delightful writing voices I have encountered recently – funny, lyrical, sexy, sad, humane, and just a total pleasure to read.” – Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot

“Sarah Smith’s debut, Marilou is Everywhere, is one of the most exquisitely written books I’ve read in a long time. Page after page I was struck by lines so unbearably beautiful and wise that by the final sentence I’d underlined most of the book. That she manages to do this while also telling a firecracker of a story about what happens when 14 year old Cindy slips into the life of the missing girl next door proves Smith a master. A haunting novel about craving escape so badly you’re willing to erase yourself, by a writer I would follow anywhere.” – Julie Buntin, author of Marlena 

Marilou is Everywhere is everything. A missing girl story turned on its ear. That ear so close to the rural Pennsylvania ground that you’ll know every goddamn goat and swimming hole, every derelict heart and jar of homemade blackberry wine. The fullness of Sarah Smith’s prose will you leave feeling like you’re hiding in plain sight–just like Cindy Stoat standing in for the missing girl. And as Smith plumbs what it means to disappear, you’ll find yourself in such fullness that you’ll ache and disappear too. This is the rare book that wants for nothing.” – Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek

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