The Butterfly Girl

Rene Denfeld (Author)
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Publish Date
October 01, 2019
5.4 X 1.1 X 8.3 inches | 0.79 pounds

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About the Author

Rene Denfeld is an award-winning author, journalist, and licensed private investigator. She is the author of several fiction and nonfiction books, and The Enchanted received the Prix du Premier Roman ร‰tranger in France. Tje New York Times named her a 2017 hero of the year for her justice work. Her work on cognitively impaired parents for the New York Times Magazine is considered seminal in the field. She has written for many esteemed publications, including the New York Times Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Oregonian.


"Equal parts chilling, tragic and hopeful, Rene Denfeld's new novel combines her haunting, lyrical prose with a page-turning and harrowing mystery, putting The Butterfly Girl into a league of its own. Fans of The Child Finder will devour this."--Mary Kubica, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Good Girl
โ€œA heartbreaking, finger-gnawing, and yet ultimately hopeful novel by the amazing Rene Denfeld.โ€--Margaret Atwood, via Twitter
โ€œThe Butterfly Girl is a beautiful and very moving novel about lost souls. This heart-stopping thriller left me breathless.โ€--Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
"[M]arvelously done, and Denfeld's characters . . . are human in the best sense of the word -- humorous, loving, scared and easily rooted for."--Datebook
โ€œDenfeld summons the lives of abandoned girls in frank, matter-of-fact detail, never glossing over the filth or violence or the myriad ways in which society lets them down. But ultimately The Butterfly Girl is a crime novel with a murderer on the loose. In the final pages, Denfeld speeds up the narrative, creating a propulsive denouement.โ€--New York Times
"Denfeld reminds us that storytelling remains one of the most powerful means we have of confronting our darkest human impulses, and sometimes overcoming them."--Washington Post
In the hands of Denfeld, The Butterfly Girl is a crime thriller built upon redemption. A survivor of trauma who was herself homeless as a young girl in Portland, Ore., Denfeld knows the harsh truths of her book's world. . . . Amid a steady supply of darkness, The Butterfly Girl still has room for light.--Los Angeles Times
"Denfeld tells her twinned stories with a remarkable sense of calm and forbearance in prose that is close to lyrical."--Toronto Star