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Francine Prose, the New York Times bestselling author of Reading Like a Writer returns with an emotionally powerful novel about love and loss filled with echoes of the classics Vertigo and Pygmalion

At the center of Francine Prose’s profoundly moving new novel is a young girl plunged into adult grief and obsession after the drowning death of her sister. As her parents drift toward their own risky consolations, thirteen-year-old Nico is left alone to grope toward understanding and clarity—and to fall into a seductive, dangerous relationship with her sister’s enigmatic boyfriend, Aaron.

Over one haunted summer, Nico must face that life-changing moment when children realize their parents can no longer help them. She learns about the power of art, of time and place, the mystery of loss and recovery. But for all the darkness at the novel’s heart, the narrative itself is radiant with the lightness of summer, charged by the restless sexual tension of teenage life.

Goldengrove takes its place among the great novels of adolescence beside Henry James’s The Awkward Age and L. P. Hartley’s The Go-Between.


by Francine Prose

  • Publication Date: September 1, 2009
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • ISBN-10: 0060560029
  • ISBN-13: 9780060560027