The Blue Girl

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In this small lakeside town, mothers bake their secrets into moon pies they feed to a silent blue girl. Their daughters have secrets too—that they can’t sleep, that they might sleep with a neighbor boy, that they know more than they let on. But when the daughters find the blue girl, everyone’s carefully held silences shake loose.

“If you could feed someone your secrets, would you? Not in the metaphorical I-can’t-handle-this-alone-or-I’ll-burst, but literally. What if you could bake your secrets into moon pies and feed them to a girl who doesn’t really exist? Part fantasy, but totally fantastical, this is a book that will give your sweet tooth a taste of the rottenness that exists in all of this, and a taste of the dark secrets unsaid, especially those between mothers and daughters.”–Kaylen Ralph

Laurie Foos is known for her slightly surreal fiction—that might be an understatement; after all, her last novel centered on a woman who loses her uterus in a shopping mall. In her sixth novel, The Blue Girl, Irene, the mother of a teenaged daughter and 8-year-old son, begins baking her secrets into moon pies for a mysterious blue girl to consume. But although the premise is fantastical, Foos grounds it in the relationships (and secrets) within families, especially between mothers and daughters—including Irene and her daughter, Audrey. —BookPage



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