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The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu


The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu


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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.

“[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.” - New York Times Book Review

“Fu precisely renders the banal humiliations of childhood, the chilling steps humans take to survive, and the way time warps memory.” - Publishers Weekly

“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.” - Celeste Ng, bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere

“Fu offers an unblinking view of the social and emotional survival of the fittest that all too often marks the female coming of age.” - Toronto Star

“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.” - The Stranger

“To say this is a story of survival is too simple . . . . Fu avoids the obvious and tidy, allowing us to imagine what happens next.” - Winnipeg Free Press

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.” - Seattle Review of Books

“I loved it for its portrayal of each of the girls. . .and for showing that a single incident can colour your entire life.” - Canadian Living

“A thoroughly entertaining, complex novel full of intricate insights into human nature.” - Quill & Quire

“An ambitious and dynamic portrayal of the harm humans—even young girls—can do.” - Kirkus Reviews

“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.” - The Missourian

“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.” - Katrina Onstad, bestselling author of Everybody has Everything

“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.” - Jen Sookfong Lee, author of The Conjoined

“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” - Michelle Orange, author of This Is Running for Your Life

“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.” - Hala Alyan, author of Salt Houses

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