Costalegre (pb)

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Author: Courtney Maum


  • Paperback EDITION
  • Publisher: Tin House Books (July 14, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1951142012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1951142018
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.8 inches

If anything can be taut and lush at once, Maum's novel fits the bill.

Maum's coming-of-age novel among some of Europe's elite is heartbreaking in its evocation of a teenage girl whose mother collects artists to save but who ignores the daughter struggling not to drown. Maum captures the language and the intense flux of adolescent lability. She does it so well that readers may feel they've intruded on something private.

With both humor and criticality, Maum's coming-of-age novel probes the hypocrisy of the art world, the challenges of being a child of artists, and the dangers of not being loved.


"A lush chronicle of wealth, art, adventure, loneliness, love, and folly toldby a narrator you won't be able to forget." --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"A brilliantly arch and haunting novel of privilege and deprivation." --Booklist

"This is a fascinating, lively, and exquisitely crafted novel." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"This story of a daughter searching for connection all around her has a sharp cutting edge, a world which changes its mood in an instant; bleak as the dregs of a wine-soaked dinner, then bullish as a house of hapless surrealists attempting to boil an egg. Memorable and meaningful, Maum's work remains with me as a reminder of love in the agony of teenage years and art in the terror of war." --Amelia Gray, author of ISADORA


Courtney Maum is the author of the novels Touch and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You. Her writing has been widely published in outlets such as the New York TimesO, the Oprah MagazineBuzzFeed; and Electric Literature. She lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut, where she runs the collaborative learning retreat, The Cabins.