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The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
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The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
A Novel
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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 will shape their lives for decades to...
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 will shape their lives for decades to...
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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 will shape their lives for decades to come

    A group of young girls descends 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. Bursting 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 follows these five girls—Nita, Kayla, Isabel, Dina and Siobhan—through and beyond this fateful trip. We see the survivors through the successes and failures, loves and heartbreaks of their teen and adult years, and we come to understand how a tragedy can alter the lives it touches in innumerable ways. 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.

About the Author-

  • KIM FU is the author of the poetry collection How Festive the Ambulance and the novel For Today I Am a Boy, which won the Edmund White Award For Debut Fiction and the Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a Lambda Literary Award, and was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. The novel was also longlisted for CBC's Canada Reads. Her essays, journalism and reviews have been published in The New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement and The Atlantic. She is the associate editor of Maisonneuve.

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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.

  • New York Times Book Review "[Fu] is a propulsive storyteller, using clear and cutting prose to move seamlessly through time... In the one-way glass of the novel, we watch the girls of Forevermore from a series of angles, in all their private anguishes. We lean closer, unable to turn away."
  • Publishers Weekly "Fu precisely renders the banal humiliations of childhood, the chilling steps humans take to survive, and the way time warps memory."
  • Celeste Ng, bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere "A sensitive, evocative exploration of how the past threads itself through our lives, reemerging in unexpected ways. Kim Fu skillfully measures how long and loudly one formative moment can reverberate."
  • Toronto Star "Fu offers an unblinking view of the social and emotional survival of the fittest that all too often marks the female coming of age."
  • The Stranger "These portraits of sisterhood, motherhood, daughterhood, wifehood, girlfriendhood, independent womanhood, and other female-identified-hoods sing and groan and scream with complexity and nuance, and they make me want to read her next ten books."
  • Winnipeg Free Press "To say this is a story of survival is too simple . . . . Fu avoids the obvious and tidy, allowing us to imagine what happens next."
  • Seattle Review of Books "Forevermore is the first truly great novel I've read in 2018... As intricately fashioned and as bold-hearted as books by novelists who've been publishing for decades."
  • Canadian Living "I loved it for its portrayal of each of the girls. . .and for showing that a single incident can colour your entire life."
  • Quill & Quire "A thoroughly entertaining, complex novel full of intricate insights into human nature."
  • Kirkus Reviews "An ambitious and dynamic portrayal of the harm humans—even young girls—can do."
  • The Missourian "The construction of Lost Girls makes it a standout, Fu taking readers to the edge of the plot precipice, building tension as the campers are forced to make decisions children shouldn't have to make."
  • Katrina Onstad, bestselling author of Everybody has Everything "Stunning. Kim Fu explores the lifelong ripple effects of tragedy, writing with wit, heart and precision. A cast of characters both flawed and fascinating. I was utterly transfixed by this book."
  • Jen Sookfong Lee, author of The Conjoined "I devoured The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore. This is a novel that contains everything anyone could ever want: heartbreak, sly humour, bear cubs, and Fu's wise and steady hand to make sense of it all."
  • Michelle Orange, author of This Is Running for Your Life "The characters in Kim Fu's dark, deftly woven fable align and disperse like planets, bound in their separate orbits to a shared, definitive moment in time. Fu traces those orbits with a master astronomer's care and observation, mapping in clear and rich prose a hidden universe of girlhood and becoming"
  • Hala Alyan, author of Salt Houses "A vivid and haunting story of lives interrupted by tragedy. The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore maps the journey from girlhood to womanhood, radiating both nostalgia and hope."
  • New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice "Sensitively wrought . . . . Abounds in recognizable archetypes of the model minority . . . but the story itself contemplates something larger: how to define and defend one's identity against the clamoring voices of expectation, from both family and society."
  • Winnipeg Free Press "Expertly written and hauntingly candid. [The characters] are carefully rendered, compelling and explored through odd and sometimes unnerving details that only an artful writer can achieve."
  • Kirkus Reviews "[A] quietly forceful debut...[with] a redemptive trajectory that feels fully earned.... Shot through with melancholy...

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