Synopses & Reviews
From the winner of the Michael L. Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal, a work of astonishing intimacy and depth
Using a pillow book as her form, nineteen-year-old Cordelia Kenn sets out to write out her life for her unborn daughter. What emerges is a portrait of an extraordinary girl, who writes frankly of love, sex, poetry, nature, faith, and of herself in the world. Her thoughts range widely: on Shakespeare and breasts, periods and piano playing, friendship and trees, consciousness and sleep, and much more besides. As she writes of William Blacklin, the boy she chooses as her first lover, or Julie, the teacher who encourages her spiritual life, Cordelia maddens, fascinates, and ultimately seduces the reader. This is a character never to be forgotten from a writer at the height of his powers.
The masterpiece of one of young-adult literatures greatest living writers.”Booklist
, starred review
Using a pillow book as her form, nineteen-year-old Cordelia Kenn sets out to write her life for her unborn daughter. What emerges is a portrait of an extraordinary girl who writes frankly of love, sex, poetry, nature, and, most of all, of herself in the world. As she attempts to capture all” of herself on paper, Cordelia maddens, fascinates, and ultimately seduces the reader in this tour de force from a writer who has helped redefine literature for young adults. A book not to be missed by any serious reader.
About the Author
Aidan Chambers is the author of the highly acclaimed sequence of young adult novels that began with Breaktime
and continued through Dance on My Grave, Now I Know, The Toll Bridge, Postcards from No Mans Land
, and This Is All
, the last in the sequence. Aidan has won numerous awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Prize for his body of work. He lives in Gloucester, England, with his American wife, Nancy. Visit his Web site at www.aidanchambers.com.