Over a few days, a teenage girl makes a set of choices that will reverberate throughout her life in Emily Fridlund’s powerful and intense debut.

On the edge of a lonely lake in Midwest of America, an isolated teenage girl befriends a young woman and her child, who have moved into a nearby cabin. The child’s father is perpetually absent. When he returns home, Linda is suddenly shunned by the family unit. Desperate to be accepted again, she struggles to resume her place in their home and fails to see the terrible warning signals, with devastating consequences.

The Man Booker Prize 2017
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Emily Fridlund

Emily Fridlund

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The American novelist and academic was shortlisted for her first - and so far only - novel, which was first written as a short story.
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