We have always known you.
Before we even saw you, we knew you. We have known you every time. We will know you the next time.
You have been many things and many people. You have always been the same.
We wait for you every summer. We wait to see who you will appear as this time. The line of your shoulders, the arc of your smile. The things that you find funny and the things that trouble you. We are always surprised.
We are always surprised but one thing is always the same. There is one thing we can count on. You will always leave us. You will always, always break our hearts.
Or is it just the other way around?
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When Sam's dad whisks him and his brother off to a remote beach town for the summer, he's all for it-- at first. Sam soon realizes, though, that this place is anything but ordinary. Time seems to slow down around here, and everywhere he looks, there are beautiful blond girls. Girls who seem inexplicably drawn to him.
Then Sam meets DeeDee, one of the Girls, and she's different from the others. Just as he starts to fall for her, she pulls away, leaving him more confused than ever. He knows that if he's going to get her back, he'll have to uncover the secret of this beach and the girls who live here.
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Praise for September Girls:
"A meditation on manhood takes a turn into magical realism in this mesmerizing novel."-- Kirkus (Starred Review)
"[Madison's] command of language, both informal and beautiful, lifts the work from a basic boy-meets-fantastical creature tale to something both familiar and tragically moving. This isn’t just a supernatural beach read; it’s a rare and lovely novel, deserving of attention from discriminating readers."-- Booklist (Starred review)
"An exquisitely haunting work of magical realism." -- Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books (Starred review)
“Madison maintains the same hazy, syrupy languidness that distinguished The Blonde of the Joke, giving summer days at the shore the same sort of mythological heft the fluorescent American mall possessed in his previous book. A surprising story of a kid finding love and himself, when he wasn’t looking for either." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"A fairy tale for a decidedly older audience." -- School Library Journal (Starred Review)
"This is YA fantasy at its best, slipping the boundaries of what we expect YA to be... An odd and beautiful and risky novel." -- Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field
"September Girls is a revelation... Madison has not just reinvented a classic; he has blown the doors off readerly expectations."-- Bookslut
"Weird and wonderful... one of the most compelling narratives I've read in awhile." -- HelloGiggles
“Eerie and desperately romantic, September Girls is a myth measured out in summer days, game shows, French fries and women’s magazines. Bennett Madison makes a seedy beach town into the stuff of legends, and he has worked an intoxicating magic. Amazing.” -- E. Lockhart, author of The Boyfriend List and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
"Beneath the dreamy warmth and languor of beach days and summer romance, September Girls delivers an intricate story of identity and freedom, the ties and histories that thwart those things, and love. A truly original coming-of-age tale.” -- Sara Zarr, author of How to Save a Life
“Reading this book is like holding your breath underwater—you won’t want to come up for air.” -- Jenny Han, author of the New York Times bestselling The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy"
“I came away enthralled by this transfixing story and overcome by Bennett Madison’s breathtaking talent as a writer. Gorgeously rendered and teeming with shocks and deep truths, September Girls is a daring book that reveals the boundless possibilities of YA fiction.” -- Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone
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