Fierce Little Thing: A Novel (Paperback)

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A captivating, tense, page turner of a psychological thriller that I gobbled up in one glorious day. Beverly-Whittemore has created a world full of luscious details, from the wilderness of Maine, to the ritual of baking sourdough, to the tender and distinct gestures of children. I was particularly taken with the various settings - a loft in Soho, a rambling house in Connecticut, and the homestead camp-like grounds in Maine. The scientific and common names of plants and animals are woven into the story, adding a layer of magic in that naming, that knowing. The characters themselves are just as compelling, and I felt every moment I lived inside the head of Saskia, the main character and narrator. FIERCE LITTLE THING is my favorite novel of the summer so far, not one for the faint of heart, but deeply satisfying for those of us who love a story that lingers in the darkness. 

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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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250779441
ISBN-10: 1250779448
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: February 8th, 2022
Pages: 432
Language: English