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Elena, struggling with memory loss due to a trauma that has unmoored her sense of self, deserts graduate school and a long-term relationship to accept a bizarre proposition from an estranged family friend in Paris: she will search for a young woman, Ella, who went missing six years earlier in Thailand, by rewriting her journals. As she delves deeper into Ella’s story, Elena begins to lose sight of her own identity and drift dangerously toward self-annihilation.
Her Here is an existential detective story with a shocking denouement that plumbs the creative and destructive powers of narrative itself—a novel that heralds the arrival of a gifted young writer who Rebecca Makkai lauds for her “ferocious intellect” and predicts will claim “her place in the literary world.”
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“Dennis’ sensory prose leads to a fascinating exploration of identity, grief, and time.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Evocative and meditative, Her Here is a ghost story without a ghost, a marvel of incantatory wit. Amanda Dennis weaves a mesmerizing web around her subject, drawing the reader into an intricate, volatile mystery whose end is always and never within reach.” —Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine and Intimations
“In Her Here, Dennis has written a metaphysical investigation that is also a wonderfully personal account of a daughter coming to terms with the loss of her mother, and a mother coming to terms with the loss of her daughter. As Elena conjures Ella’s last days, the richly imagined narrative moves back and forth between Paris and Thailand, carrying both characters and readers to a vivid and suspenseful conclusion.” —Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy and The Boy in the Field
“Dennis is in possession of hypnotic narrative gifts and a ferocious intellect. With Her Here, she has claimed her place in the literary world.” —Rebecca Makkai, author of Music for Wartime and The Great Believers
“Dazzling. Dennis is a writer that awakens the senses. From the first page, this gorgeous, haunting story about two lost girls ensnares the reader with such expertise, such intelligence and heart, that before long you’re lost inside the eerie sensuality of youthful dreams, witnessing obsession unravel identity.” —Dina Nayeri, author of Refuge and The Ungrateful Refugee
What Booksellers Are Saying About Her Here
“Her Here is a stunning debut from author Amanda Dennis. I was brought to the very edge of my sanity right along with the protagonist, Elena. The women in this story are complex and the ways their stories interconnect even more so. There were so many twists and turns I don't think I accurately predicted even one plot development. It was suspenseful, raw, and every word absolutely crackled with intensity. Fans of Gillian Flynn take notice!” —Audrey Beatty, River Bend Bookshop
What Librarians Are Saying About Her Here
“I loved [Her Here]. . . . You get caught up in the book very easily.” —Sandy Jones Boyd, Mountain Regional Public Library