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Fierce Little Thing: A Novel Hardcover – 26 October 2021

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"Intriguing and occasionally maddening...A murder mystery, a character study, an exploration of guilt and responsibility, an account of a utopian community gone awry...There are so many lovely moments in the book, beautiful passages of writing that speak to Beverly-Whittemore's empathy and lyrical powers of description...[Saskia] is a fascinating character, her strengths and flaws equally interesting."
--New York Times Book Review

"Written in beautiful prose...Captivating, thoughtful, and tense, a great read for those who enjoy psychological thrillers and complex puzzles. Highly recommended."

--New York Journal Review of Books

"Ambitious, mesmerizing...what she does here is unique...Nail-biting, moody and every bit as compelling as the cult leader at its center, Fierce Little Thing is a powerful coming-of-age tale about the ways that we are forever changed by the traumas, lies and betrayals of our youth."
--Book Reporter

"A Secret History-esque tale of suspense about a group of childhood friends and the secret that haunts their adulthood. The book's got all the ingredients for the perfect summer read: short breathless chapters; a sinister cult in the wilds of Maine; and beautiful, sharp prose."
--The Millions' Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2021 Book Preview

--USA Today

"Deftly ratchets up the tension...Avoiding the expected storyline...Beverly-Whittemore crafts something else entirely as the sins of the past come home to roost. A compelling study of power, sociopathy, and the possibilities of survival."
--Kirkus, starred review

"Haunting psychological thriller...Beverly-Whittemore delivers a twisty, rewarding tale of friendship, secrets, and childhood trauma. Donna Tartt fans, take note."
--Publishers Weekly

"Fierce Little Thing devoured me whole. It is at once a propulsive, perfectly plotted thriller and an exquisitely written, marvelously dark coming-of-age story.
Once I opened it, I couldn't stop turning the pages. Once I finished it, it continued to haunt my thoughts. A spectacular and consuming read."
--Cristina Alger, New York Times bestselling author of Girls Like Us

"Gorgeously written and brilliantly structured, Fierce Little Thing is a suspenseful, evocative coming-of-age tale about the unique worth of old friendships and the profound challenge of finding your true place in the world."
--Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of A Good Marriage

"A stubborn, elegant, terrifying study of human nature that manages to catch hold of the blur of human consciousness, the way reality shifts under us. If Donna Tartt and Shirley Jackson had a beautiful, terrifying baby it would be Miranda Beverly-Whittemore."
--Rufi Thorpe, author of The Knockout Queen

"Fierce Little Thing is Miranda Beverly-Whittemore at her finest. A moody, gripping, and profoundly haunting story of a young girl desperate for connection and salvation. Beverly-Whittemore renders a wild, treacherous world and invites us to stand perilously close to the edge."
--Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

"With its propulsive momentum and its lush world, Fierce Little Thing kept me up late at night and splintered into my dreams. I experienced this novel with my whole body--tasted its sourdough, smelled its hand-dug latrines, heard its crackling pine needles and whispered secrets--and felt charged and changed by its explorations of the ways our adult lives keep circling the wounds and betrayals of childhood--as well as its sharp, tender insistence on the ways darkness and beauty sit side by side."
--Leslie Jamison, New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams

"Exquisite narrative...Plenty of light still gets in through [Saskia's] wonder at the newly discovered natural world around her and the extraordinary friendships she forms...Saskia is strongly reminiscent of Donna Tartt's Harriet (The Little Friend) and Shirley Jackson's Merricat (We Have Always Lived in the Castle)....Teenager Saskia will have strong appeal for YA readers."


Five friends are blackmailed into returning to the cult where they were raised to face their shared monstrous secret, by the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Bittersweet</i>

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Flatiron Books (26 October 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250779421
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250779427
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.74 x 3.53 x 24.26 cm
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I write novels. My fifth, Fierce Little Thing, a literary psychological thriller, is about a group of five friends raised on a commune-turned-cult in rural Maine, and the terrible thing they do in a last ditch effort to try to save it. Twenty-plus years later, they're scattered to the wind, but someone blackmails them back to the land, where they have to decide how far they'll go to silence them. I've heard the book described as The Girls meets The Interestings, with a bit of I Know What You Did Last Summer thrown in-- and I'll take it!

My New York Times bestseller Bittersweet, my play on a modern gothic thriller, is about an outsider who is invited to her idea of paradise-- a lakeside retreat in rural Vermont. But when she digs deeper into her host family's storied past, she discovers some dark secrets, risking her own life. I wrote Bittersweet for people like me, who love The Secret History and The Emperor's Children; it's a literary beach read.

My fourth novel, June, is about what happens when Hollywood came to a small town in Ohio in the fifties-- and the legacy of that summer on those character's descendants fifty years later.

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