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Our Little World

A Novel

Karen Winn


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"I was intrigued by Our Little World from the chilling first paragraph. It's a coming-of-age novel complicated by a tragic and untimely death, and it's also a novel about two sisters you will never forget. I fell in love with the confidence of the writing and the colorful nostalgia of the mid-'80s details. Our Little World will transport and transfix you."—Elin Hilderbrand

July 1985. It’s a normal, sweltering New Jersey summer for soon-to-be seventh grader Bee Kocsis. Her thoughts center only on sunny days spent at Deer Chase Lake, evenings chasing fireflies around her cul-de-sac with the neighborhood kids, and Max, the boy who just moved in across the street. That and the burgeoning worry that she’ll never be as special as her younger sister, Audrina, who seems to effortlessly dazzle wherever she goes.
But when Max’s little sister, Sally, goes missing at the lake, Bee’s long-held illusion of stability is shattered in an instant. As the families in her close-knit community turn inward, suspicious, and protective, things in Bee’s own home become increasingly strained, most of all with Audrina, when a shameful secret surfaces. With everything changed, Bee and Audrina’s already-fraught sisterhood is pushed to the limit as they grow up—and apart—in the wake of an innocence lost too soon. 
Perfect for readers of Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told YouOur Little World is a powerful and lyrical coming-of-age story that examines the complicated bond of sisterhood, the corrosive power of envy, and how the traumas of our youths can shape our identities for a lifetime.

Praise For Our Little World: A Novel

Praise for Our Little World:

"Wow, wow, wow! I was utterly transported by this intriguing novel. Set against a colorful 80s backdrop, this coming-of-age story will have you flying through the pages as it explores that most complicated of all relationships, sisterhood. Several times I had to remind myself to breathe! With tragedy, secrets and twists and turns, this book will have you captivated from the first page.”
—Sally Hepworth, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Sister

Our Little World is a poignant and immersive snapshot of small town America at a particular moment in time. As the eldest of three sisters I was completely captivated by this story about the bonds of sisterhood, and how they endure. I loved it.”
—Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes

"Our Little World belongs to Bee Kocsis, who has to understand, at the age of twelve, all the heartbreaking gray areas that come with love and duty and guilt. An utterly realistic examination of how a small act can change lives.”
—Jamie Harrison, award-winning author of The Center of Everything

“Karen Winn's Our Little World is a spellbinding portrait of sisterhood which had me compulsively turning pages and holding my breath. When I finished, I had that wonderful wrung-out feeling that comes from reading something truly revelatory and beautiful.”
—Kathleen West, author of Are We There Yet?

“The world of Karen Winn's masterful debut is anything but littleits reverberations are huge.  Rarely have I been so moved. This deeply affecting noveltender, harrowing, warm and yet unyieldinglingers long after the reading is done. A stunning achievement.”
Katherine Taylor, author of Valley Fever

“In Our Little World, Karen Winn brings to life an unforgettable community forced to grapple with a darkly tragic event. A gripping, tender novel that deftly portrays loss and growth, Our Little World explores the bond between sisters in a rich coming-of-age tale that leaves its characters forever changed.”
—Laura Maylene Walter, author of Body of Stars

Dutton, 9780593184493, 352pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 2022

About the Author

Karen Winn received her MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She also holds a doctoral degree in nursing. Born and raised in New Jersey, Karen now lives in Boston with her husband and two children. Our Little World is her first novel.