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Renee Branum

Defenestrate : The debut to fall for in 2023


The 'hypnotic...addictive' (New York Times) debut novel narrated by a young woman meditating on the malleable, breakable bonds keeping her family from falling apart. There's a superstition in our family about falling... Marta's great-great-grandfather Jiri was said to have given a gentle push to the back of a stonemason for having wronged him.

The stonemason fell to his death and the family fled Prague for the American Midwest, where they set up a new life. So begins the story of Marta and her brother Nick, deeply interwoven twins haunted by the mysterious curse that has plagued their family for centuries - one that has doomed them to suffer various types of falls. When Nick tumbles out of a window and ends up seriously injured, Marta must embark on a heartbreaking quest to discover whether or not his fall was intentional, and to stop her family from falling apart...

Format: Paperback
Published: UK, 2023
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Languages: English
Pages: 240
ISBN 13: 9781529114485
ISBN 10: 1529114489

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Defenestrate : The debut to fall for in 2023