Synopses & Reviews
In response to a college application question (“What was the single most important experience of your life?”) Parker Santé a mute Hispanic 17 year old writes an incredible story. When he steals a wad of cash from a silver haired sharp witted girl named Zelda who is planning to throw herself off the Golden Gate Bridge Parker isn’t sure what to make of her. After agreeing not to jump until her money is spent and Parker promises to apply to college the two embark on a breakneck tour of parties shopping and confrontations with Parker’s mother an alcoholic consumed by memories of her deceased husband. Parker may not believe that Zelda is as she claims 246 years old but there’s no doubt that she helps him rediscover a longing to participate in the world. Wallach (We All Looked Up) delivers well rounded witty characters (“Thinking of your parents being young is like thinking of Winnie the Pooh going to the bathroom: just fucking weird”)—all contemplating whether living a full life is better than living a long one. Bittersweet moments intersect with the intricate fairy tales Parker writes compelling readers to judge what is real and what is make believe. Ages 14–up. Agent: John Cusick Folio Literary Management. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Tommy Wallach, the New York Times bestselling author of the "stunning debut" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) We All Looked Up, delivers a brilliant new novel about a young man who overcomes a crippling loss and finds the courage to live after meeting an enigmatic girl.
"Was this story written about me?"
"Yes or no?"
I shrugged again, finally earning a little scowl, which somehow made the girl even more pretty.
"It's very rude not to answer simple questions," she said.
I gestured for my journal, but she still wouldn't give it to me. So I took out my pen and wrote on my palm.
I can't, I wrote. Then, in tiny letters below it: Now don't you feel like a jerk?
Parker Sante hasn't spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he'll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.
From the celebrated author of We All Looked Up comes a unique story of first and last loves.