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17 & Goneby Nova Ren Suma
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The psychological labyrinth of a young womans insidious connection to the sea, from the Edgar Award nominated author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone.
Callie Morgan has long lived choked by the failure of her own lungs, the result of an elusive pulmonary illness that has plagued her since childhood. A childhood marked early by the drowning death of her mother—a death to which Callie was the sole witness. Her father has moved them inland, away from the memories of the California coast her mother loved so much and toward promises of recovery—and the escape of denial—in arid, landlocked air.
But after years of running away, the promise of a life-changing job for her father brings Callie and him back to the coast, to Florida, where Callies symptoms miraculously disappear. For once, life seems delightfully normal. But the oceans edge offers more than healing air it holds a magnetic pull, drawing Callie closer and closer to the chilly, watery embrace that claimed her mother. Returned to the ocean, Callie comes of age and comes into a family destiny that holds generations of secrets and very few happy endings.
"Suma follows Imaginary Girls with another reality-blurring, psychologically complex mystery. Seventeen-year-old Lauren Woodman is haunted by a vision of a girl, also 17, who has gone missing from a nearby summer camp. In rapid succession, Lauren is confronted by the spirits and stories of other missing 17-year-old girls, all of whom manifest in a recurring dream she has about a burning, rundown house. Among those missing — and tormenting Lauren — is her former neighbor, Fiona, who disappeared one night while babysitting Lauren. As Lauren's obsession with these girls grows, she pushes away the responsibilities of real life, along with her boyfriend and her mother, and readers are left to wonder what Lauren's role is in these girls' lives — is she meant to save them? Or something deeper and more sinister? Suma writes beautifully, drawing readers into Lauren's story and her psyche with painstaking care until the story's jolting conclusion. Through Lauren's unraveling journey, readers learn firsthand what it's like to question one's own sanity. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In this thrilling tale of suspense and deception, two girls are shocked to discover they've both been dating the same boy when they show up at his funeral. What else don't they know about Charlie Price? As they travel from Paris, to London, to Mumbai to Bangkok, the girls try to figure out Charlie's secrets but soon discover they are harboring secrets of their own. This page-turning psychological mystery will engulf teen fans of Gillian Flynn and Gossip Girl.
In Paris, family and friends gather to mourn the tragic passing of Charlie Price—young, handsome, charming, a world-traveler—who is presumed dead after an explosion. Authorities find only a bloodied jacket, ID’d as Charlie’s. At the funeral, two teens who are perfect strangers, Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs, make another shocking discovery: they have both been dating Charlie, both think Charlie loved them and them alone, and there is a lot they didn’t know about their boyfriend. Over the next week, a mind-bending trip unfolds: first in London—then in Mumbai, Kerala, and Bangkok, the girls go in search of Charlie. Is he still alive? What did their love for him even mean? The truth is out there, but soon it becomes clear that the girls are harboring secrets of their own.
No one knows whom to trust in this thrilling tale of suspense and deception.
Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these visions, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And . . . is she next? Through Laurens search for clues, things begin to unravel, and when a brush with death lands Lauren in the hospital, a shocking truth changes everything.
With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautifully visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.
About the Author
Nova Ren Suma studied writing and photography at Antioch College in Ohio and went on to receive an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction from Columbia University. She lives in New York City.
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