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You know that thing where you dislike an author so you read their new book because you think it'll be fun to hate on, and then it's a great book and you wind up questioning the very foundations on which you've constructed your life? I understand that this happens with Jonathan Franzen somewhat frequently? That was me with this one. You win, Meg Rosoff.
Printz Award-winning author Meg Rosoff's latest novel is a gorgeous and unforgettable page-turner about the relationship between parents and children, love and loss.
Mila has an exceptional talent for reading a room—sensing hidden facts and unspoken emotions from clues that others overlook. So when her father’s best friend, Matthew, goes missing from his upstate New York home, Mila and her beloved father travel from London to find him. She collects information about Matthew from his belongings, from his wife and baby, from the dog he left behind and from the ghosts of his past—slowly piecing together the story everyone else has missed. But just when she’s closest to solving the mystery, a shocking betrayal calls into question her trust in the one person she thought she could read best.
About the Author
Meg Rosoff (www.megrosoff.co.uk) was born in Boston and currently lives in London with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, How I Live Now, won the Michael L. Printz Award and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Her second novel, Just in Case, won the 2007 CILIP Carnegie Medal and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. What I Was, Rosoff’s third novel, was short-listed for the 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her latest novel with Putnam, There Is No Dog, received four starred reviews.
THREE STARS for Meg Rosoff’s PICTURE ME GONE:
STARRED REVIEW from KIRKUS REVIEWS: “A brilliant depiction of the complexity of human relationships in a story that’s at once contemplative and suspenseful.”
STARRED REVIEW from BOOKLIST: “Rosoff, who writes each of her books differently (and often brilliantly), shapes this story as much by form and intuitions as by events . . . There’s no condescension or compromise to the obvious audience either in premise or prose. It’s another choice, one that allows the book to offer its many insights on the human condition to a widespread readership.”
STARRED REVIEW from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: “This thought-provoking coming-of-age story requires that readers be at least as mature as Mila as she confronts unpleasant truths . . . Mila’s sharp observations of the people she meets and the winter landscape add a fresh, poetic aura to her discoveries and the novel as a whole.”