by Kim Fu Read profile


Published 15th February 2019

A group of young girls descend on a sleepaway camp where their days are filled with swimming lessons, friendship bracelets, and songs by the fire. Filled with excitement and nervous energy, they set off on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island. But before the night is over, they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home.

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore traces these five girls through and beyond this fateful trip. We see them through successes and failures, loving relationships and heartbreaks; we see what it means to find, and define, oneself, and the ways in which the same experience is refracted through different people.

A portrait of friendship and of the families we build for ourselves, and the pasts we can't escape.


'An ambitious and dynamic portrayal of the harm humans - even young girls - can do.' Kirkus Review

'A propulsive storyteller, using clear and cutting prose' The New York Times

'The first truly great novel I've read in 2018... As intricately fashioned and as bold-hearted as books by novelists who've been publishing for decades' Seattle Review of Books

'The construction of Lost Girls makes it a standout, Fu takes readers to the edge of the plot precipice' The Missourian

‘A sensitive, evocative exploration of how the past threads itself through our lives, reemerging in unexpected ways. Kim fu skillfully measures how long and loudly one formative moment can reverberate.’ Celeste Ng

‘Fu precisely renders the banal humiliations of childhood, the chilling steps humans take to survive, and the way time warps memory' Publishers Weekly

‘Fu offers an unblinking view of the social and emotional survival of the fittest that all too often marks the female coming of age' Toronto Star

‘These portraits of sisterhood, motherhood, daughterhood, wifehood, girlfriendhood, independent womanhood, and other female-identified-hoods sing and groan and scream with complexity and nuance, and they make me want to read her next ten books' The Stranger

‘To say this is a story of survival is too simple... Fu avoids the obvious and tidy, allowing us to imagine what happens next' Winnipeg Free Press

‘I loved it for its portrayal of each of the girls... and for showing that a single incident can colour your entire life' Canadian Living

‘A thoroughly entertaining, complex novel full of intricate insights into human nature' Quill & Quire

‘[A] dark, deftly woven fable’ Michelle Orange, author of This Is Running for Your Life

‘Stunning. Kim Fu explores the lifelong ripple effects of tragedy, writing with wit, heart and precision… I was utterly transfixed by this book.” Katrina Onstad, author of Everybody Has Everything

‘A thoroughly compelling story, and Kim Fu is an assured and intelligent guide.’ Arna Bontemps Hemenway, author of Elegy on Kinderklavier

‘This book is one you won’t soon forget’ Angelica Baker, author of Our Little Racket 

‘The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore maps the journey from girlhood to womanhood, radiating both nostalgia and hope.’ Hala Alyan, author of Salt Houses

‘A novel that contains everything anyone could ever want: heartbreak, sly humour, bear cubs, and Fu’s wise and steady hand to make sense of it all.’ Jen Sookfong Lee, author of the conjoined


Praise for Kim Fu:

Winner of the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

Winner of the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award

New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction Finalist

Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Finalist

Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction Finalist

Canada Reads Longlist

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Longlist

Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection

McMaster University Common Reading Program Selection


‘An unflinching observer of personal history, family history and beyond, Kim Fu writes with a pen as sharp and precise as a lancet.’ 2015 PEN/Hemingway Jury

‘Sensitively wrought’ New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice

‘An interesting, thought-provoking novel’ Booklist

‘[A] quietly forceful debut’ Kirkus Reviews

‘Impressive debut’ Library Journal

‘I’d wager a lot more people will know [Fu's] name before long.’ S. Bear Bergman, National Post

‘Start a book club, because you’re going to want to discuss Kim Fu’s debut.’ Cosmopolitan

‘Fresh, poetic and superhaunting. Five stars from us.’ Elle Australia