âDennis is in possession of hypnotic narrative gifts and a ferocious intellect. WithÂ Her Here, she has claimed her place in the literary world.â (Rebecca Makkai, author ofÂ Music for WartimeÂ andÂ The Great Believers) âInÂ 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 Ellaâs 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.â (Margot Livesey, author ofÂ The Flight of Gemma HardyÂ andÂ The Boy in the Field) 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 Ellaâs story, Elena begins to lose sight of her own identity and drift dangerously toward self-annihilation. Her HereÂ is an existential detective story with a shocking denouement that plumbs the creative and destructive powers of narrative itself.
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