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Name:  Julia Fine  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Fine is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago's MFA program. She lives in Chicago.

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-- What Should Be Wild - A Washington Post Best Fantasy Book of May, A Refinery 29 Best May Book, A Chicago Review of Books Best May Book, A Verge Gripping Fantasy Novel of May

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What should be wild :
ISBN: 0062684132. OCLC Number: 1000318184

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Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family's manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie's father - an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter - has warned her not to venture into the wood. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. What he does not tell Maisie is that for millennia her female ancestors have also vanished into the wood, never to emerge - for she is descended from a long line of cursed women. But one day Maisie's father disappears, and she must venture beyond the walls of her carefully constructed life to find him. Away from her home and the wood for the very first time, Maisie encounters a strange world filled with wonder and deception. Yet the farther she strays, the more the wood calls her home. For only there can Maisie finally reckon with her power and come to understand the wildest parts of herself.