A Room Away From The Wolves by Nova Ren SumaA Room Away From The Wolves by Nova Ren Suma

A Room Away From The Wolves

byNova Ren Suma

Hardcover | September 4, 2018

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“[Suma’s] narratives are subtle, quicksilver creatures, her language is elegant, and her characters keep more secrets than they reveal. If this book was a dessert, it wouldn't be a chocolate chip cookie or a vanilla birthday cake — it would be an earl grey lavender macaroon, or maybe balsamic fig ice cream.” – NPR.com
 
“This beautiful story is full of magical-realism and luscious, lyrical writing.” – Buzzfeed


“Terrific . . . A gothic love letter to secret places of New York City and the runaway girls who find them.”Kelly Link, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist Get in Trouble

“Nova Ren Suma surpasses herself with this gorgeously-told, mesmerizing, tense and twisted story.”— Laura Ruby, National Book Award Finalist and Printz-Winning author of Bone Gap

"Nova Ren Suma is a force to be reckoned with. Nobody writes like her."—Courtney Summers, author of Sadie

"A Room Away From the Wolves is a page-turning thrill.  Prepare to be left shivery and spooked and a little bit heartbroken.”—Emily X.R. Pan, New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After

"A Room Away from the Wolves is a beautifully tangled chain, a modern gothic haunting by one of our masters."—Elana K. Arnold, author of National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of


Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—a bond Bina thought was unbreakable.

Eight years later, after too many lies and with trouble on her heels, Bina finds herself on the side of the road again, the city of her dreams calling for her. She has an old suitcase, a fresh black eye, and a room waiting for her at Catherine House, a young women’s residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history, a vow of confidentiality, and dark, magical secrets. There, Bina is drawn to her enigmatic downstairs neighbor Monet, a girl who is equal parts intriguing and dangerous. As Bina’s lease begins to run out, and nightmare and memory get tangled, she will be forced to face the terrible truth of why she’s come to Catherine House and what it will cost for her to leave . . .

In A Room Away from the Wolves, critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author Nova Ren Suma weaves a spellbinding ghost story about who deserves a second chance, how we lie to those around us and ourselves, and what lengths girls will go to in order to save each other.

Nova Ren Suma is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us, which was an Edgar Award finalist. She also wrote Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone and is co-creator of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Originally from the...
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Title:A Room Away From The WolvesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 4, 2018Publisher:Algonquin BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1616203730

ISBN - 13:9781616203733

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully mysterious novel Review originally posted at A Lovely Book Affair. Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Bina has had a pretty complicated upbrining. Leaving her crap father with her mother and hitchhiking only to be thrust into this new step-family where her step-sisters are basically scum of the earth. So many things happened, including getting a massive black eye the night before she left to go to Catherine House. She was a fun character to read about. I enjoyed her personality and reading through her adventures while living in Catherine House. All of the other characters added to the mystery of the novel. Their half-answers and weird stares only made things even more haunting. Monet was an interesting character. I was definitely as captivated by her and what she was up to as Bina was. Nova Ren Suma is an incredible writer. Everything about this book was so dark and atmospheric and I loved it. I could imagine all the haunting this being presented to me as a reader and I enjoyed it. My smallest issue was the plot. I felt like for a lot of the book I was questioning where it was supposed to be going and what I was supposed to be expecting. The one good thing is that it wasn’t predictable. I had a strong sense of what the ending was going to be concercing what was going on with Bina, and I was glad to be wrong. Everything did tie together at the end, but I still had a lot of questions. To be fair, this is my first time diving into magical realism, so maybe it’s because it’s a new genre to me that I’m not used to how things are supposed to go. The pacing of the novel was great. It took place over the course of a month and all of the events flowed together so well. Nothing was rushed and nothing was slow. The pacing definitely added to the dark atmosphere of the novel in the most positive way. A Room Away from the Wolves is the perfect dark book to settle in with on a cold autumn evening. Get a warm blanket, light a couple candles, make a latte, and immerse yourself in this wonderfully haunting novel.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Ghost Story and A Family Drama Tied Into One I received a copy of this book from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review. Have you ever read a book where you spend half the book saying 'I don't even know what's going on!' and the other half  saying 'I just can't put this down, you need to wait!'? If not, do I have the book for you. I still don't completely understand what happened in this book, if I'm being totally honest. I have so many questions about what happened and who and where and why. And yet I read it in three days because I just needed to know what was going to happen to Bina and the other girls next. Because the author is a witch or something, because she expertly keeps you hooked despite the fact that you're annoyed as hell that you don't have a clue what the deal with this boarding house is. The Good Points of A Room Away From the Wolves: This book has the weirdest and most brilliant atmosphere, and it's so perfect for the story it's telling. It just makes you want to keep going because everything kind of looks okay, but you just get this impression that everything is actually insane, but you have absolutely no proof.  I've read a few books in the past that don't really tell you what's going on or tie up loose ends, and they haven't gone over well. But something about this just worked beautifully, and I was so hooked. It was still annoying to not know what was going on, but I actually kind of liked it. I loved our little unreliable narrator and the chaos she seems to create wherever she goes. More unreliable narrators in young adult fiction, please! This book focuses entirely on mother-daughter relationships and friendships and girl-girl relationships, and I didn't realize until I read this how much I missed books that didn't involve romance. Not knocking it, but I loved this as a breath of fresh air, since I've definitely been in situations where everyone in my life was female and there's something always unique about those times. Though there were a bunch of loose ends left in this book and a lot of things didn't get explained, the ending of this book was so well done and it all came together beautifully. The Downsides of A Room Away From the Wolves: You don't know anything ever and it nothing ever gets an explanation! I just wanted to know things. This actually was a fantastic part of the intrigue for this book, but it was also annoying as hell and I'm still annoyed that I don't know what was going on. I want explanations! I got super confused about the minor characters in the book, especially when it came to the girls in the house. There were a bunch of them, and I was forever losing track of who was who because at best, they each had only one thing that made them relevant to the book. This book was a bit slow to get going and got draggy at a few points. It makes it a little trickier to get into, but the middle bits that are slow are fine. There were no wolves. I don't even know what the wolves refer to. The title and cover give you the impression it's going to be something other than it is. Which is fine, but it was another thing to be confused about. All in all, this book was brilliantly done. It annoyed the hell out of me at times, but this was a hard book to put down and I loved how it all came together in the end. If you like ghost stories, books that leave you guessing until the very end, or unreliable narrators, you should definitely check out A Room Away From the Wolves!
Date published: 2018-08-11

Editorial Reviews

“[Suma’s] narratives are subtle, quicksilver creatures, her language is elegant, and her characters keep more secrets than they reveal. If this book was a dessert, it wouldn't be a chocolate chip cookie or a vanilla birthday cake—it would be an earl grey lavender macaroon, or maybe balsamic fig ice cream.” —NPR “This beautiful story is full of magical-realism and luscious, lyrical writing.” —BuzzFeed “[Suma’s] latest is another masterpiece from the haunting writer.” —Paste Magazine “Nova Ren Sum is a YA horror legend, and in her latest book, A Room Away From The Wolves, she proves her prowess at writing dark, unsettling, page-turning tales” —Bustle   “Nova Ren Suma’s marvelous book is the thrilling and moving story of a young woman’s escape to Gotham and the world she finds there.” —Flavorwire “A gorgeously written and evocative ghost tale set in a storied boardinghouse for troubled young women . . . Suma is a masterly storyteller, here creating a thoroughly unreliable modern narrator in a deliciously creepy gothic haunt. With much to mull over and discuss, this is a taut and nuanced coming-of-age tale perfect for fans of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars and Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar.” —Luann Toth, School Library Journal, starred review “Suma’s latest gothic chiller contains all the components her fans have come to expect: an unreliable narrator; a haunted space; fraught, complicated female relationships; and a deliciously dark, moody atmosphere delivered in lyrical and evocative prose.”—The Horn Book Magazine “Terrific . . . A gothic love letter to secret places of New York City and the runaway girls who find them.” —Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble, 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Fiction “Suma drapes her dark, enigmatic novel in a gauzy, supernatural veil, under which readers will observe a runaway teen’s search for safety and an understanding of her mother’s past . . . Suma’s surreal writing examines the blurred edges of life, lies, freedom, and mother-daughter relationships, leaving the reader with questions and a tangled sense of wonder.” —Julia Smith for Booklist “Nova Ren Suma surpasses herself with this gorgeously told, mesmerizing, tense and twisted story about the ways in which mothers fail their daughters, the lies that daughters tell their mothers, and the love that girls show one another when all the wolves are closing in.” —Laura Ruby, National Book Award Finalist and Printz-winning author of Bone Gap “Eerie and atmospheric as only Nova Ren Suma can write, A Room Away From the Wolves is a page-turning thrill. Its unforgettable protagonist is cut from the sharpest sentences and the achiest pieces of life—I couldn’t tear my eyes away. Gulp this one down and prepare to be left shivery and spooked and a little bit heartbroken.” —Emily X.R. Pan, New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After   “A Room Away From the Wolves had me tight in its grip from page one. It’s a captivating and richly told story of mothers and daughters, of losing and finding one's way—with the most brilliantly executed and unforgettable twists and turns. Bina’s voice recalls the unsettling beauty and verve of characters like Shirley Jackson’s Merricat, but exists as something wholly its own, stunning and true. Don't take a single word of this remarkable book for granted—Nova Ren Suma is a force to be reckoned with. Nobody writes like her.” —Courtney Summers, author of Sadie “A Room Away from the Wolves is a beautifully tangled chain, a modern gothic haunting by one of our masters.” —Elana K. Arnold, author of What Girls Are Made Of “This urban fable is a marvel of mood and magic.” —Melissa Albert for B&N Teen   “I’d tell you how lovely the writing is, how smoothly crafted, and how haunting, but does Nova Ren Suma ever provide anything that isn’t?” —Dahlia Adler for B&N Teen