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The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
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The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
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From the award-winning author of For Today I Am a Boy, a gripping and deeply felt novel about a group of young girls at a remote camp-and the night that changes everything and will shape their lives...
From the award-winning author of For Today I Am a Boy, a gripping and deeply felt novel about a group of young girls at a remote camp-and the night that changes everything and will shape their lives...
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  • From the award-winning author of For Today I Am a Boy, a gripping and deeply felt novel about a group of young girls at a remote camp-and the night that changes everything and will shape their lives for decades to come.

    A group of young girls descend on Camp Forevermore, a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest, where their days are filled with swimming lessons, friendship bracelets, and camp songs by the fire. Filled with excitement and nervous energy, they set off on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island. But before the night is over, they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home.

    The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore traces these five girls-Nita, Andee, Isabel, Dina, and Siobhan-through and beyond this fateful trip. We see them through successes and failures, loving relationships and heartbreaks; we see what it means to find, and define, oneself, and the ways in which the same experience is refracted through different people. In diamond-sharp prose, Kim Fu gives us a portrait of friendship and of the families we build for ourselves-and the pasts we can't escape.

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  • Kim Fu holds a master of fine arts from the University of British Columbia and has written for the Atlantic, NPR, and the Rumpus. She lives in Seattle.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 11, 2017
    In the latest from Fu (For Today I Am a Boy), which reads like a collection of linked short stories, a summer-camp accident changes the lives of five girls, all between the ages of nine and 11. Nita, Andee, Isabel, Siobhan, and Dina arrive at Camp Forevermore in the Pacific Northwest for different reasons—entranced by brochures featuring girls with “bold smiles of uneven teeth and no-nonsense braids,” or eager to escape the strictures of their monotonous upbringings. At first occupied by swimming tests and self-conscious friendships, the campers soon embark on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island to become “capable, knowledgeable outdoorswomen.” When group leader Jan falls ill, the girls are forced to traverse the island’s dense woods seeking rescue, and must contend with the elements and one other. In sections that alternate between the events of the trip and the sweep of each character’s adult life, effects of the trauma linger; from Dina’s eating disorder and failed modeling career to Nita’s sublimated, near-rabid need for her son to Siobhan’s mistrust of children. Fu precisely renders the banal humiliations of childhood, the chilling steps humans take to survive, and the way time warps memory. Agent: Jackie Kaiser, Westwood Creative Artists.

  • AudioFile Magazine It's fitting that an audiobook about five girls is delivered by five diverse narrators. Tavia Gilbert, Soneela Nankani, Sophie Amoss, Nicol Zanzarella, and Emily Woo tell the story of Nita, Kayla, Isabel, Dina, and Siobhan, who become stranded on an island with no adults while attending Camp Forevermore. While the tragedy that happens there is intensified by the narration, it's the uniqueness of the narrators' portrayals of the lost girls that makes this vocal collaboration distinctive. There is an intellectual side to each child that is refreshingly vocalized throughout the dialogue. D.Z. � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine

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