The Butterfly Girl


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Harper Perennial
Publish Date
5.3 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Rene Denfeld is a bestselling author, licensed investigator, and foster mother. She is the author of the novels The Butterfly Girl, The Child Finder and The Enchanted. Her novels have won numerous awards including a French Prix, and The New York Times named her a 2017 hero of the year. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


“A heartbreaking, finger-gnawing, and yet ultimately hopeful novel by the amazing Rene Denfeld.” -- Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

“Denfeld 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.” -- 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

"[M]arvelously done, and Denfeld's characters . . . are human in the best sense of the word -- humorous, loving, scared and easily rooted for." -- Datebook

"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

The Butterfly Girl is a beautiful and very moving novel about lost souls. This heart-stopping thriller left me breathless.” -- Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door