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The Impossible Knife of Memoryby Laurie Halse Anderson
The cover art makes this look like a bleak book about survival. It is about survival, but The Impossible Knife of Memory is vivid, hopeful, and full of life. Anderson tackles tough subjects with her usual grace, avoiding the maudlin and cutting straight to the heart.
Synopses & Reviews
For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.
Will being back home help Andy's PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.
"It will not disappoint her legion of fans....Anderson really does know how to write a story that will resonate with teens." SLJTeen
"Anderson's novels...speak for the still-silent among us, and force all of us to acknowledge the real and painful truths that are too dangerous to ignore." New York Times
"As in Speak, Anderson provides a riveting study of a psychologically scarred teenager, peeling back layers of internal defenses to reveal a girl's deepest wounds." Publishers Weekly, starred review
"In Anderson's skilled hands, readers will find a light shining on the shadowy reality of living with someone who has lived through war — and who is still at war with himself." Booklist, starred review
About the Author
Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for hercontributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak and of four other much acclaimed young adult novels she and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at madwomanintheforest.com.
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