Monarch

Monarch

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The cryptic worlds of Hanna and Stranger Things mingle with the dark humor of Dare Me in this debut novel about a teen beauty queen who discovers she's been a sleeper agent in a deep state government program

After waking up with a strange taste in her mouth and mysterious bruises, former child pageant star Jessica Clink unwittingly begins an investigation into a nefarious deep state underworld. Equipped with the eccentric education of her father, Dr. Clink (a professor of Boredom Studies and the founder of an elite study group known as the Devil's Workshop), Jessica uncovers a disquieting connection between her former life as a beauty queen and an offshoot of Project MKUltra known as MONARCH.

As Jessica moves closer to the truth, she begins to suspect the involvement of everyone around her, including her own mother, Grethe (a Norwegian pageant queen turned occult American wellness guru for suburban housewives). With the help of Christine (her black-lipsticked riot grrrl babysitter and confidante), Jessica sets out to take down Project MONARCH. More importantly, she must discover if her first love, fellow teen queen Veronica Marshall, was genuine or yet another deep state plant.

Merging iconic true crime stories of the '90s (Lorena Bobbitt, Nicole Brown Simpson, and JonBenét Ramsey) with theories of human consciousness, folklore, and a perennial cultural fixation with dead girls, MONARCH questions the shadow sides of self-concept: Who are you if you don't know yourself?

Author: Candice Wuehle
Publisher: Soft Skull
Published: 03/29/2022
Pages: 256
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.15lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.00w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781593767075

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 01/03/2022
Kirkus Reviews 03/01/2022
Library Journal 04/02/2022 pg. 1

About the Author
Candice Wuehle is the author of the poetry collections Fidelitoria: Fixed or Fluxed, BOUND, and Death Industrial Complex, currently long-listed for The Believer Book Award. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she holds a PhD in literary studies and creative writing from the University of Kansas.