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For teenagers, it can feel like everything is happening at once--while at the same time, nothing at all is happening. Forsyth Harmon eloquently captures the mixed ennui and loneliness of suburban living in the late' 90s as well as the adrenaline rush that comes with being chosen by someone decidedly cooler than you. In this slim volume, we are privy to Ali’s brief yet profound relationship with the enigmatic Justine who pulls her into a new world of drugs, partying, and eating disorders. Accompanied by simple line illustrations, Justine takes the reader through the heightened emotions of adolescence and messy intensity of female friendships during a decidely fragile time of life.

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781951142339
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Published: Tin House Books - March 2nd, 2021

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Whether or not you grew up in a community as close-knit as Hammond Creek, Sathian’s funny, warm style makes you feel at home with its characters almost immediately--even when the story takes a turn for the surreal. Neil is an engaging and relatable character as he chafes against the expectations of his parents and eventually finds the passion and sense of connection he has been lacking in the story of an apocryphal Gold Rush figure. Gold Diggers glitters as much as its subject and is an amazing debut novel.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781984882035
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Published: Penguin Press - April 6th, 2021

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Horrocks bookends her masterful second collection of stories with contrasting visions of what a new kind of life on earth could be. In the first, “The Sleep,” a few families start hibernating to get through the difficult winters, entrusting their property and well-being to their waking neighbors. Rather than divide the community, the plan, built on mutual respect, builds unity. In the title story, however, the six pioneers of NovaTerra—an experimental project reminiscent of Biosphere 2—struggle to stay alive as crops fail and animals die; eventually, they turn on each other. Between these two poles, Horrocks vividly evokes ordinary life in places ranging from the Midwest to Prague to a Cuzco tourist resort. Writing with empathy and prose studded with striking, dynamic images (behind a ramshackle farmhouse “old acreage spread out…like a taunt”), she takes us inside the mind of an elderly widow falling into dementia, follows a young gay woman hoping to find a model for her own life in her grandmother’s, and charts a middle-aged man’s flailing efforts to build a new life in a foreign city. Throughout, Horrocks excels in rich portraits of both individuals and the larger communities they’re part of—however unsure these characters may be of their roles.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316316972
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - January 12th, 2021

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