Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I'm picking:
Love Letters to the Dead by
April 1st 2014
by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
It begins as an
assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel
chooses Kurt Cobain because she thought he’d understand since he died
young just like her sister, May, did. Soon Laurel is writing letters to
lots of dead people—Janis Joplin, Amy Winhouse, Ameilia Earhart, Heath
Ledger, and more—although she never gives a single one of them to her
teacher. She writes about what it’s like going to a new school, meeting
new friends, falling in love for the first time, how her family
splinters apart after May dies. She even writes about the abuse she
suffered—while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then,
once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself,
can she truly begin to accept what happened to May, and to see her as
the person she was: lovely and amazing and deeply flawed.
Trained as a poet at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Ava Dellaira brings a lyrical, haunting beauty to her prose.
Why I'm Waiting:
This sounds like an absolutely amazing beautiful book. The concept seems so unique and special. I can't wait to get my hands on it.