Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Waiting on Wednesdays: Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King

Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King

Publish Date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

So last week, I started putting together my WoW post and then realized it was 11 PM Wednesday night. I'd spent the whole day thinking it was Tuesday. That's what holidays do to you.

Now that I've got my days straight, I'm doing this week's WoW about an upcoming A.S. King book. Such a quirky and talented literary author. Everything with her is worth reading.

Sarah can't draw. This is a problem, because as long as she can remember, she has "done the art." She thinks she's having an existential crisis. And she might be right; she does keep running into past and future versions of herself as she explores the urban ruins of Philadelphia. Or maybe she's finally waking up to the tornado that is her family, the tornado that six years ago sent her once-beloved older brother flying across the country for a reason she can't quite recall. After decades of staying together "for the kids" and building a family on a foundation of lies and violence, Sarah's parents have reached the end. Now Sarah must come to grips with years spent sleepwalking in the ruins of their toxic marriage. As Sarah herself often observes, nothing about her pain is remotely original —and yet it still hurts.


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