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Sixteen-year-old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father's fist), $3.84, and a secret.

He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes can't make him forget what he left behind — his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret.

At least so far.

Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. First-time novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens after. After you've said enough, after you've run, after you've made the split — how do you begin to live again? Readers won't be able to put this intense page-turner down.

Review:

"This powerful, never maudlin debut paints a visceral portrait of a 16-year-old on the run from an abusive father. After being kicked out of his family's house in Chicago, Jace flees to his estranged older brother Christian's apartment in Albuquerque, N.Mex., but starting over isn't easy. An array of expected emotions surface, from Jace's hatred toward his father, to hope that his mother will leave her abusive marriage, and resentment over Christian's having abandoned the family years earlier. But it's the less anticipated side of Jace — gradually revealed over the course of the novel — that makes this story so gripping and heartbreaking. He still loves his father despite the terrifying abuse his family has suffered and is ashamed of his own violent tendencies; readers learn Jace attacked his girlfriend when he was still in Chicago, and both brothers fear that Jace could follow in his father's footsteps. When Jace finally turns his back on his past to forge a new future, readers will fully understand the difficulty of the decision. As Avasthi demonstrates, leaving a bad situation and forgiving those responsible is easier said than done. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A nuanced and mournful work; Avasthi is a writer to watch." Booklist

Review:

"This taut, complex family drama depicts abuse unflinchingly but focuses on healing, growth and learning to take responsibility for one's own anger." Kirkus Reviews

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"[R]aw and intimate, dramatic and poetic." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Jace arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father's fist), $3.84, and a secret. Jace tries to move on, but all his changes can't make him forget what he's left behind. Running is easy, but true escape is near impossible.

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his fathers fist), $3.84, and a secret.

He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes cant make him forget what he left behind—his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret.

At least so far.

Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. First-time novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens after. After youve said enough, after youve run, after youve made the split—how do you begin to live again? Readers wont be able to put this intense page-turner down.

About the Author

Swati Avasthi teaches creative writing and is working toward her MFA at the University of Minnesota, where she received a grant to complete Split. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their two children.

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Tom from Wisconsin, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Tom from Wisconsin)
Debut novelist Swati Avashi reminded me why I don't like to read debut novels. If the book is very special, as this one is, you cannot go and read another book by the author. They say patience is a virtue and waiting for the next novel from Ms. Avasthi will be well worth the wait. You immediately become engaged with the characters and care deeply about them as if they were you own family. But you may be glad they are not you family when you realize why their family is so dysfunctional. It is a story that makes you think, makes you sad and makes you hopeful. You are left with a sense of hope that the brothers, who have both suffered similar yet different childhood abuse at the hand of their father, can move forward together. At the same time, you are left with the author's realistic treatment of their fate. They still have problems with each other and their parents, and some of the wrongs can never be made right.
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YA MAMA, November 22, 2011 (view all comments by YA MAMA)
Two brothers run from the abuse of their father, yet feel guilt for what, and who, they leave behind. The topic of family abuse is a hard one to cover. Swati Avasthi does an excellent job of illustrating the far-reaching effects of abuse on different personality types, and in the end, none of the characters are left untouched by it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375863400
Author:
Avasthi, Swati
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Brothers
Subject:
Child abuse
Subject:
Social Issues - Physical & Emotional Abuse
Subject:
Social Issues - Violence
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Situations / Physical & Emotional Abuse
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Physical and Emotional Abuse
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.52x6.46x1.09 in. .85 lbs.
Age Level:
14-17

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Product details 288 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375863400 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This powerful, never maudlin debut paints a visceral portrait of a 16-year-old on the run from an abusive father. After being kicked out of his family's house in Chicago, Jace flees to his estranged older brother Christian's apartment in Albuquerque, N.Mex., but starting over isn't easy. An array of expected emotions surface, from Jace's hatred toward his father, to hope that his mother will leave her abusive marriage, and resentment over Christian's having abandoned the family years earlier. But it's the less anticipated side of Jace — gradually revealed over the course of the novel — that makes this story so gripping and heartbreaking. He still loves his father despite the terrifying abuse his family has suffered and is ashamed of his own violent tendencies; readers learn Jace attacked his girlfriend when he was still in Chicago, and both brothers fear that Jace could follow in his father's footsteps. When Jace finally turns his back on his past to forge a new future, readers will fully understand the difficulty of the decision. As Avasthi demonstrates, leaving a bad situation and forgiving those responsible is easier said than done. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A nuanced and mournful work; Avasthi is a writer to watch."
"Review" by , "This taut, complex family drama depicts abuse unflinchingly but focuses on healing, growth and learning to take responsibility for one's own anger."
"Review" by , "[R]aw and intimate, dramatic and poetic."
"Synopsis" by , Sixteen-year-old Jace arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father's fist), $3.84, and a secret. Jace tries to move on, but all his changes can't make him forget what he's left behind. Running is easy, but true escape is near impossible.
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his fathers fist), $3.84, and a secret.

He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes cant make him forget what he left behind—his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret.

At least so far.

Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. First-time novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens after. After youve said enough, after youve run, after youve made the split—how do you begin to live again? Readers wont be able to put this intense page-turner down.

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