New York: Henry Holt and Co., July 7, 2015.
Hardcover. The summer precocious Lois and pretty Carly May were twelve years old, they were kidnapped, driven across the country, and held in a cabin in the woods for two months by a charismatic stranger. Nearly twenty years later, Lois has become a professor, teaching British literature at a small college in upstate New York, and Carly May is an actress in Los Angeles, drinking too much and struggling to revive her career. When a movie script with a shockingly familiar plot draws the two women together once more, they must face the public exposure of their secret history and confront the dark longings and unspeakable truths that haunt them still. Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell beautifully defies ripped-from-the-headlines crime story expectations and announces the debut of a masterful new storytelling talent.
“[A] stunning, multilayered debut . . . . with a great deal of intelligent, beautifully written panache. . . . What a satisfying novel, with its shifting perspectives and competing stories and notion that our relationship to the truth changes with time and distance.” —The New York Times
“Mitchell knows what she's doing. As she patiently parcels out details about the abduction, she explores the horrifying yet magnetic grip such traumas have on our lives and imaginations. . . . Gone Girl has primed us for female leads with dark pasts, but Mitchell's novel is an original and haunting page-turner about the emotional shocks that come with--literally--rewriting your history.” —O, the Oprah Magazine, "Page-Turners Too Addictive to Put Down"
8 1/2" X 5 5/8". 306pp. Signed by the author to title page. Pictorial dust jacket. Paper over boards, with spine lettered in black. Mild edgewear to dust jacket and binding. Black mark to edge of text block. A special signed copy of what the New York Times calls a "stunning, multilayered debut" executed with "a great deal of intelligent, beautifully written panache." Very good / very good. Item #5719