What Should Be Wild (Hardcover)

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Maisie Cothay lives in the darkness of the many shadows cast upon her life; shadows cast by the mysterious forest at the edge of her family manor, the locals' fear, bred from myth and rumor, and of course, her curse. Born with the ability to kill or resurrect all that meets her touch, she has led a lonely and isolated life. But with the disappearance of her father, everything must change, and Maisie will have to face the mysterious and wild truths at the center of her being. What Should Be Wild is a beautifully written, arcane tale that catches you in its cryptic details. It is the black eyes that watch you from the forest.

— Olivia Valenza

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"Delightful and darkly magical. Julia Fine has written a beautiful modern myth, a coming-of-age story for a girl with a worrisome power over life and death. I loved it." --Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry

In this darkly funny, striking debut, a highly unusual young woman must venture into the woods at the edge of her home to remove a curse that has plagued the women in her family for millennia--an utterly original novel with all the mesmerizing power of The Tiger's Wife, The Snow Child, and Swamplandia

Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family's manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie's father, an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter, has warned Maisie not to venture into the wood. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. What he does not tell Maisie is that for over a millennium her female ancestors have also vanished into the wood, never to emerge--for she is descended from a long line of cursed women.

But one day Maisie's father disappears, and Maisie must venture beyond the walls of her carefully constructed life to find him. Away from her home and the wood for the very first time, she encounters a strange world filled with wonder and deception. Yet the farther she strays, the more the wood calls her home. For only there can Maisie finally reckon with her power and come to understand the wildest parts of herself.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062684134
ISBN-10: 0062684132
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: May 8th, 2018
Pages: 368
Language: English