Waiting On…The Impossible Knife Of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

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This week I’m waiting on…

Title The Impossible Knife Of Memory
Author Laurie Halse Anderson
Pages 304 Pages
Genre Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Publisher Viking Juvenile
To Be Published January 7th, 2014
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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’s written by Laurie Halse Anderson – Enough said! πŸ˜‰

In all seriousness, though, I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a great admirer of Laurie Halse Anderson’s work in the past and had a wonderful experience with both Wintergirls and Fever 1793 when I read them earlier this year. So, when I heard the news that she had a novel slated for release in January of 2014, I could barely contain my excitement! I admire Anderson’s courage in that she doesn’t shy away from tackling the tough subjects that few other authors are willing to broach, and appreciate the fact that her work often inspires an important dialogue about issues in our society that often go woefully unexplored. Thankfully, it sounds as though her latest novel is no exception. Ever since reading Trish Doller’s Something Like Normal last year I’ve been fascinated by the effect of PTSD, both on the individual as well as on their surrounding nucleus of family and friends, and I have no doubt that Anderson will broach the topic with her trademark sensitivity and insight. Is it January yet?

26 responses to “Waiting On…The Impossible Knife Of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson”

  1. Jess says:

    Wow, I haven’t heard of this one before. Definitely intrigued by this – thank you so much for sharing. πŸ™‚

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  2. Katie says:

    Can you believe I’ve never read a LHA book? I know, crazy. I really need to remedy that!
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  3. Annie says:

    LHA will always garner my admiration – Speak is just that much of a landmark in YA territory. I recently read a poem she wrote using fan letters she’d received discussing Speak and it was just… wow. I’ll try and remember this one come 2014 because it sounds great. The only other book I’ve read dealing with PTSD was Trish Doller’s first novel, so it will be nice to read another perspective on the topic.
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  4. Jackie says:

    I like the cover. (: The book sounds interesting, I’m definitely adding it to my tbr list.

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  5. I love Laurie Halse Anderson’s work. I will definitely be adding this to my tbr list. Thanks for sharing Jen!

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  6. Kim says:

    I’ve never read any of Laurie Halse Anderson’s books. I own Speak, but haven’t gotten around to reading it. This one sounds really interesting too, though.

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  7. Arianna says:

    I didn’t know Laurie Halse Anderson was coming out with a new book! So excited! Please check out my WoW!  
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  8. Kimberly says:

    I wasn’t a fan of Speak when I read it ages ago but this one looks great!
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  9. I’m not a huge fan of contemporary, but this sounds really intense. I hope you love it!

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  10. Daisel says:

    Sound really good. Great Pick !

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  11. I love Anderson’s books…I’ve been anticipating this one for a while. πŸ™‚

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  12. I, too, am a big fan of LHA. I can’t wait for this one!
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  13. As I said to you on twitter the other day, I am really looking forward to this new one by Halse Anderson! She’s an author who I admire so much. I’m planning to read my copy a little closer to its publication – maybe December? but I don’t know if I’ll be able to wait much longer!
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  14. Haven’t read about The Impossible Knife Of Memory before but I’m definitely putting it on my wishlist!

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