Sarah Elaine Smith

Marilou is Everywhere
  • Marilou is Everywhere

  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE

    FOR FANS OF Where the Crawdads Sing

    'Audacious, poetic, wondrous' Sunday Express

    A richly atmospheric and darkly unforgettable debut about lost innocence and life in the margins...

    '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

    'To be honest, we just weren't looking that hard. Nobody knew where to search and it was summer vacation anyway - but that wasn't the reason nobody looked for Jude.'

    One summer, a teenager disappears from Deep Valley, Pennsylvania. Jude, nicknamed Marilou, is beautiful, intelligent, and mixed race. The alarm is raised, the cops search for her - but not as hard as they would if she were a white girl. Watching this mystery unfold is Cindy, a younger girl from a white trash family, who has idolised Jude for years. And so, in the absence of anyone to give a damn about her, Cindy starts to slip out of her own life and into the space Jude left behind...

    Marilou Is Everywhere is a story about the desperation to escape - and the terrible, intimate crimes we commit to do so. Swimming in the rich melancholia of rural America, it is a fall from grace, a moral provocation, and a heartbreaking account of life in the margins.

    'Lyrical, sexy, humane, and just a total pleasure to read' Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot

    'One of the most exquisitely written books I've read in a long time. 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

Sarah Elaine Smith holds MFAs in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and poetry from the Michener Center for Writers. She is also a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Wallace Fellowship and a teaching-writing fellowship, in addition to the Keene Prize for Literature, the Roy Crane Prize, the Richard Yates Prize for Short Fiction and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center's First Book Prize. Her work has appeared in Tin House, FENCE, Best New Poets and others, and she is the author of one poetry collection, I Live in a Hut. She lives in Pittsburgh.


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