What Should Be Wild

What Should Be Wild

A Washington Post Best Fantasy Book of May

A Refinery 29 Best May Book

A Chicago Review of Books Best May Book

A Verge Gripping Fantasy Novel of May

In this darkly funny, striking debut, a highly unusual young woman must venture into the woods at the edge of her home to remove a curse that has plagued the women in her family for millennia—an utterly original novel with all the mesmerizing power of The Tiger’s Wife, The Snow Child, andSwamplandia!

Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family’s manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie’s father, an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter, has warned Maisie not to venture into the wood. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. What he does not tell Maisie is that for over a millennium her female ancestors have also vanished into the wood, never to emerge—for she is descended from a long line of cursed women.

But one day Maisie’s father disappears, and Maisie must venture beyond the walls of her carefully constructed life to find him. Away from her home and the wood for the very first time, she encounters a strange world filled with wonder and deception. Yet the farther she strays, the more the wood calls her home. For only there can Maisie finally reckon with her power and come to understand the wildest parts of herself.

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    What Should Be Wild Reviews

  • Hannah Greendale

    They grew me inside of my mother, which was unusual, because she was dead. There's a lot to love about Fine's debut novel, a book that blends magical realism with lore. The opening chapters are among...

  • Julia

    Maybe I'm slightly biased, but I'm a fan....

  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf

    I think Julia Fine's debut novel What Should Be Wild is a fresh new voice for the literary community. The story was a bit confusing in the beginning but everything became clear at the end. Such an inv...

  • Nicole Beaudry

    What Should Be Wild is the book I've been waiting for, maybe since I was a little girl. What Should Be Wild is a promise, a warning, a breath of fresh air, frankly. Julia Fine, in her debut (!!!), def...

  • Amy

    What Should Be Wild had me hooked from the start, carefully layering in the mysterious elements of a fantastical world and its fascinating characters. Julie Fine's narrative pacing is brilliant, paint...

  • Jennie Melamed

    A dark, imaginative fairy tale that kept me enthralled! Very highly recommended. ...

  • Marialyce

    3.5 dark fantasy starsYou can follow my reviews here on my blog https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Maisie has the power of life or death. She is a young girl grown to adulthood without being ab...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)

    The concept for this book was really interesting, but I felt the author didn’t do enough with it. Maisie can kill or reanimate with a touch due to a very old family curse. The story builds on dark f...

  • Laurie

    Little Maisie Cothay was born from her mother’s dead body. Right away (thankfully) her father discovered that the touch of her bare skin would kill- or resurrect. It could even happen repeatedly- sh...

  • Elie

    Since the Time Traveler's Wife is one of my favorite books I was excited to read anything Audrey Niffenegger strongly endorsed. Overall, really a wonderful read.The basic premise is that a girl, Maisi...