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The Lightness

The Lightness

by Emily Temple
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/09/2021
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'A psychologically smart debut that swathes teen desire and friendship in mystery and mirth' Observer

'Like a twisted Malory Towers or maybe a cosmic version of 'Heathers'' Daily Mail

'Funny, whip-smart and transcendently wise' Jenny Offill

'The love child of Donna Tartt and Tana French' Chloe Benjamin

One year ago, the person Olivia adores most in the world, her father, left home for a meditation retreat in the mountains and never returned. Yearning to make sense of his shocking departure, Olivia runs away from home and retraces his path to a place known as the Levitation Center.

There, she enrolls in their summer program for troubled teens, a 'Buddhist Boot Camp for Bad Girls', and finds herself drawn into the company of a close-knit trio of girls determined that this is the summer they will finally learn to levitate, to defy the weight of their bodies, to experience ultimate lightness. 

But as desire and danger intertwine, and Olivia comes ever closer to discovering what a body - and a girl - is capable of, it becomes increasingly clear that this is an advanced and perilous practice, and there's a chance not all of them will survive...

'A beautiful meditation on meditation...populated with girls who refuse to act the way they're expected to; who have too much passion, too many feelings and nowhere to put them' New York Times

'A disquieting and astute reflection on desire, truth, friendship and the siren call of weightlessness' Daily Mail

'A darkly funny, luminously drawn mystery' Téa Obreht, author of Inland and The Tiger's Wife

 

'This remarkable novel is made up of equal parts desire and dread' Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

'A bold, smart, hilarious new voice. A classic must read!' Mary Karr, author of Lit

ISBN:
9780008332686
9780008332686
Category:
Thriller / suspense
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-09-2021
Language:
English
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x19mm
Emily Temple

Emily Temple holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MFA in fiction from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns fellow and the recipient of a Henfield Prize. Her fiction has previously appeared in Colorado Review, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, Indiana Review, Fairy Tale Review, Sonora Review, Sycamore Review, No Tokens, Territory, and elsewhere. She was named a finalist for the Calvino Prize by Robert Coover. She is a senior editor at Literary Hub and lives primarily in a queen-sized bed in Brooklyn.

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