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Poor Deer

A Novel

by Claire Oshetsky

On Sale: 12/03/2024

Price: $16.99

Poor Deer

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Poor Deer

A Novel

by Claire Oshetsky

On Sale: 12/03/2024

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Price: $16.99

About the Book

A wondrous, tender novel about a young girl grappling with her role in a tragic loss—and attempting to reshape the narrative of her life—from PEN/Faulkner Award nominee Claire Oshetsky

Margaret Murphy is a weaver of fantastic tales, growing up in a world where the truth is too much for one little girl to endure. Her first memory is of the day her friend Agnes died.

No one blames Margaret. Not in so many words. Her mother insists to everyone who will listen that her daughter never even left the house that day. Left alone to make sense of tragedy, Margaret wills herself to forget these unbearable memories, replacing them with imagined stories full of faith and magic—that always end happily.

Enter Poor Deer: a strange and formidable creature who winds her way uninvited into Margaret’s made-up tales. Poor Deer will not rest until Margaret faces the truth about her past and atones for her role in Agnes’s death.

Heartrending, hopeful, and boldly imagined, Poor Deer explores the journey toward understanding the children we once were and the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of life’s most difficult moments.


Critical Praise

"Readers will be captivated by Margaret’s beautifully weird search for atonement." — Publishers Weekly

“Beautiful, terrifying. . . . Grief is a well-trod territory in fiction, but in Oshetsky’s hands, this familiar topic becomes fresh and strange. . . . With Poor Deer, Oshetsky proves themself the bard of unruly psyches.”
New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063327672
  • ISBN 10: 0063327678
  • Imprint: Ecco
  • On Sale: 12/03/2024
  • Trimsize: 5.310 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.000 in (d)
  • Pages: 240
  • List Price: $16.99
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Family Life