“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine!
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! 😉
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?