Julie Buntin on writing Marlena

Julie Buntin spoke to us about the process of writing her debut novel,Marlena.

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Jacket cover for the book Marlena by Julie Buntin, depicting two girls walking down a dirt road

Marlena is a coming-of-age novel, set in a forgotten town in rural Michigan. It's a story about friendship, addiction and loss, of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other's for decades.

We sat down with author Julie Buntin who shared the story behind Marlena in this series of videos.

On the inspiration for Marlena

Julie Buntin on the inspiration for Marlena

On the process of writing the book

Julie Buntin on the process of writing Marlena

On being inspired by Elena Ferrante

Julie Buntin on the influence of Elena Ferrante

On stories of female friendship

Julie Buntin on the book that inspired Marlena

On the last book she read

Julie Buntin on the last book she read : Marlena

On what she's writing next

Julie Buntin on her next book


by Julie Buntin

Book cover for Marlena

Tell me what you can't forget,and I'll tell you who you are . . .

Marlena is a riveting, intelligent and brilliant novel from debut author Julie Buntin.