Synopses & Reviews
Ankes father is abusive to her brother and sister. But not to her. Because, to him, she is like furniture not even worthy of the worst kind of attention. Then Anke makes the school volleyball team. She loves feeling her muscles after workouts, an ache that reminds her she is real. Even more, Anke loves the confidence that she gets from the sport. And as she learns to call for the ball on the court, she finds a voice she never knew she had. For the first time, Anke is making herself seen and heard, working toward the day she will be able to speak up loud enough to rescue everyone at home including herself.
"Incendiary, devastating, yet - in total - offering empowerment and hope, Chaltas's poems leave an indelible mark." - Publishers Weekly
, starred review
"A harder read than it seems, but worth it." - Kirkus Reviews
Ankeas father is abusive. But not to her. He attacks her brother and sister, but sheas just an invisible witness in a house of horrors, on the brink of disappearing altogether. Until she makes the volleyball team at school. At first just being exhausted after practice feels good, but as Anke becomes part of the team, her confidence builds. When she learns to yell aMine a to call a ball, she finds a voice she didnat know existed. For the first time, Anke is seen and heard. Soon, sheas imagining a day that her voice will be loud enough to rescue everyone at homeaincluding herself.
This unflinching debut novel told in verse is about a girl, her family, and the devastating power of silence in an abusive house of horrors.
About the Author
As a teenager Thalia Chaltas wanted to do everything, and she envied people who knew without question what their life goal was. Thalia did preliminary training to be a kinesiologist, a helicopter pilot, and a fire fighter, and has at times been a bus driver, a ropes course instructor, and a contralto in an a capella group. Along the way she has played lots of volleyball, written poetry, and collected children’s books. And eventually, that anvil fell from the sky and she realized writing was what all this previous intensive training was for.
She has kept every poem she has ever written – except one. Because she can’t find it.
Thalia lives in California with her daughter. Because I Am Furniture is her first novel.