‘A psychologically smart debut that swathes teen desire and friendship in mystery and mirth’ Observer
‘Like a twisted Malory Towers or maybe a cosmic version of ‘Heathers’’ Daily Mail
‘Funny, whip-smart and transcendently wise’ Jenny Offill
‘The love child of Donna Tartt and Tana French’ Chloe Benjamin
One year ago, the person Olivia adores most in the world, her father, left home for a meditation retreat in the mountains and never returned. Yearning to make sense of his shocking departure, Olivia runs away from home and retraces his path to a place known as the Levitation Center.
There, she enrolls in their summer program for troubled teens, a ‘Buddhist Boot Camp for Bad Girls’, and finds herself drawn into the company of a close-knit trio of girls determined that this is the summer they will finally learn to levitate, to defy the weight of their bodies, to experience ultimate lightness.
But as desire and danger intertwine, and Olivia comes ever closer to discovering what a body – and a girl – is capable of, it becomes increasingly clear that this is an advanced and perilous practice, and there’s a chance not all of them will survive…
‘A beautiful meditation on meditation…populated with girls who refuse to act the way they’re expected to; who have too much passion, too many feelings and nowhere to put them’ New York Times
‘A disquieting and astute reflection on desire, truth, friendship and the siren call of weightlessness’ Daily Mail
‘A darkly funny, luminously drawn mystery’ Téa Obreht, author of Inland and The Tiger’s Wife
‘This remarkable novel is made up of equal parts desire and dread’ Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You
‘A bold, smart, hilarious new voice. A classic must read!’ Mary Karr, author of Lit