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The Saddest Girl on the Beach

The Saddest Girl on the Beach

By Heather FresePublisher: BlairISBN: 1958888184Genre: Literary Fiction/Southern Fiction/Upmarket/Women's FictionPrice: $26.95 hardcover/ $11.49 Kindle
Available from: Amazon

Grieving after her father’s death, a young woman seeks solace in an Outer Banks beach town of North Carolina where her best friend’s family runs a small inn.

The family welcomes Charlotte with chowder dinners and a cozy room, but her friend Evie has a looming life change of her own, and soon Charlotte seeks other attractions to navigate her grief. Will she, like in some television movie, find her way back through a romance, or are there larger forces at play on Hatteras Island? Heather Frese, winner of the Lee Smith Novel Prize and author of The Baddest Girl on the Planet, sets Charlotte on a beautifully rendered course through human frailty, unrelenting science, and the awesome forces of the Carolina coast.

Heather Frese’s debut novel, The Baddest Girl on the Planet, won the Lee Smith Novel Prize. Her second novel, The Saddest Girl on the Beach, released in April 2024. Her work has been published widely, earning notable mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Essays. She received her master’s degree from Ohio University and her M.F.A. from West Virginia University. Coastal North Carolina is her longtime love and source of inspiration, her writing deeply influenced by the wild magic and history of the Outer Banks. She currently writes, edits, and teaches in Raleigh, North Carolina.


A metaphor-rich, coming-of-age, contemporary novel about finding your equilibrium while experiencing overwhelming grief.


Hypnotic, beautiful, and as unpredictable as the waves themselves on the spit of Hatteras Island. Readers will fall in love with Charlotte and Evie, whose love story is as deep as any romance . . . the perfect beach read.

Michele Young-Stone, Lost in the Beehive and Above Us Only Sky

A moving meditation on grief and the forces that both pull people together and tear them apart. The coastal setting is so rich and beautifully rendered, you can practically hear the waves, a rhythm that mirrors the highs and lows of loss and love.

Jill McCorkle, Old Crimes and Hieroglyphics