A Room Away From the Wolves is one of my favorite authors, Nova Ren Suma’s new book. I will say this disclaimer for people who have not read anything by her before: expect to not know what is going on – ever. You will be confused, the chapters will be a little bit long, and there won’t necessarily be any answers at the end. However, it is all worth it. Her stories are intricate and surreal. Her characters are deep and dark. Just read it.
Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—a bond Bina thought was unbreakable.
Eight years later, after too many lies and with trouble on her heels, Bina finds herself on the side of the road again, the city of her dreams calling for her. She has an old suitcase, a fresh black eye, and a room waiting for her at Catherine House, a young women’s residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history, a vow of confidentiality, and dark, magical secrets. There, Bina is drawn to her enigmatic downstairs neighbor Monet, a girl who is equal parts intriguing and dangerous. As Bina’s lease begins to run out, and nightmare and memory get tangled, she will be forced to face the terrible truth of why she’s come to Catherine House and what it will take for her to leave. Can she ever leave? Can ANY of the girls?