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Behlzar : A Novel

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Jam Gallahue loved a boy – fiercely and deeply – and then she lost him. Before the 41 days that she knew him, she had no idea she could need someone so much, but after, she needed him all the time. Except she couldn’t have him, because he was dead: gone forever. Or so she thought.   At The Wooden Barn, a boarding school for “emotionally fragile and highly intelligent” teenagers, Jam starts out as she has been for the past year: inconsolable, uninterested, stuck. She doesn’t think much of Special Topics in English, the exclusive, supposedly transformative class she’s been selected to join, or its roster of merely five students. At least not until she has an inexplicable experience – one that only these five peers, each uniquely broken, can understand. Studying the life works of Sylvia Plath and chronicling their pain in journals, Jam and her Special Topics classmates have all visited Belzhar, a miraculous place – a place where the untainted past is restored, and where Jam can feel her first love’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss …revelations expertly and deliciously crafted by the supremely talented, bestselling Wolitzer.show more

Product details

  • 14+
  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 136 x 208 x 25mm | 279g
  • Penguin LCC US
  • Dutton Books for Young Readers
  • English
  • 0525427945
  • 9780525427940
  • 1,712,570

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"It's been a long while since a book has pulled me in this way; I read it leaning forward, figuratively on the edge of my seat with my heart in my throat. I had no idea what was coming, but I was hungry to get there. So subtly plotted and painfully beautiful , I couldn't put it down. Meg Wolitzer is a an amazing storyteller." - Jacqueline Woodson , winner of the National Book Award for Brown Girl Dreaming"Wolitzer has imagined a world for young readers that celebrates the sacred, transcendent power of reading and writing ." - The New York Times Book Review "Expect depth and razor sharp wit in this YA novel from the author of The Interestings. " - Entertainment Weekly"A prep school tale with a supernatural-romance touch, from genius adult novelist Meg Wolitzer." - Glamour"Basically everything Meg Wolitzer writes is worth reading , usually over and over again, and her YA debut...is no exception ." -TeenVogue.com"Demonstrates the power of words to heal." - The Washington Post"A riveting exploration of the human psyche...Wolitzer's teenage characters are invigorated , flawed , emotionally real and intensely interesting . Even as readers fold back the layers of the story and discover unexpected truths and tragedies, the plot maintains an integrity that has come to be hallmark of Wolitzer's novels ." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review"A smart and engrossing tale of trauma, trust, and triumph." - School Library Journal, starred review" A strong, original book." - Publishers Weekly , starred review"Wolitzer handles Jam's increasingly complex psychological state with delicate, nonjudgmental nuance ...teen readers, especially rabid Plath fans, will relish Wolitzer's deeply respectful treatment of Jam's realistic emotional struggle ." - Booklist" Enlivened by humor, memorable characters and a page-turning mystery only revealed in its final pages, Belzhar explores the role of trauma in young lives." - BookPage"But Jam herself is a fantastic portrait of a girl somehow younger than her own age, unable to cope with the hardships of being a teenager, and the final twist of the novel reveals an unexpected aspect to her character that makes her all the more heartbreaking." -The Daily Beastshow more

About Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer is a New York Times bestselling, critically acclaimed novelist. She studied creative writing at Smith College and graduated from Brown University. Two of her many novels have been adapted for the screen: This Is My Life, scripted and directed by Nora Ephron, and the 2006 TV movie Surrender, Dorothy, starring Diane Keaton. Meg has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Skidmore College and she currently teaches writing at Columbia University. She lives in New York with her husband and sons.show more

Review quote

"It’s been a long while since a book has pulled me in this way; I read it leaning forward, figuratively on the edge of my seat with my heart in my throat. I had no idea what was coming, but I was hungry to get there. So subtly plotted and painfully beautiful, I couldn’t put it down. Meg Wolitzer is a an amazing storyteller.” —Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the National Book Award for Brown Girl Dreaming "Wolitzer has imagined a world for young readers that celebrates the sacred, transcendent power of reading and writing." —The New York Times Book Review “Expect depth and razor sharp wit in this YA novel from the author of The Interestings.” —Entertainment Weekly   “A prep school tale with a supernatural-romance touch, from genius adult novelist Meg Wolitzer.” —Glamour   “Basically everything Meg Wolitzer writes is worth reading, usually over and over again, and her YA debut…is no exception.” —TeenVogue.com “Demonstrates the power of words to heal.” —The Washington Post “A riveting exploration of the human psyche…Wolitzer's teenage characters are invigorated, flawed, emotionally real and intensely interesting. Even as readers fold back the layers of the story and discover unexpected truths and tragedies, the plot maintains an integrity that has come to be hallmark of Wolitzer's novels.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review   “A smart and engrossing tale of trauma, trust, and triumph.” —School Library Journal, starred review   "A strong, original book." —Publishers Weekly, starred review   “Wolitzer handles Jam’s increasingly complex psychological state with delicate, nonjudgmental nuance …teen readers, especially rabid Plath fans, will relish Wolitzer’s deeply respectful treatment of Jam’s realistic emotional struggle.” —Booklist “Enlivened by humor, memorable characters and a page-turning mystery only revealed in its final pages, Belzhar explores the role of trauma in young lives.” —BookPage "But Jam herself is a fantastic portrait of a girl somehow younger than her own age, unable to cope with the hardships of being a teenager, and the final twist of the novel reveals an unexpected aspect to her character that makes her all the more heartbreaking." —The Daily Beast  show more

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11,238 ratings
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2 13% (1,479)
1 4% (454)
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