Nova Ren Suma will be launching The Walls Around Us at McNally Jackson on March 23, 2015. If you are unable to attend the event and would like to order signed copies of The Walls Around Us, you can do so via the very webpage before your eyes. Please place your orders before 3/13/15. If you have questions about Nova's event, this signed preorder campaign, or the meaning of life, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”
The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.
We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.
Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.
Nova Ren Suma is the author of the YA novels Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone, which were both named 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound by YALSA. She is a perennial McNally Jackson staff favorite. Learn more at NovaRen.com.
Imagine if you combined Orange is the New Black and Black Swan with the flavor of Shirley Jackson. That’s The Walls Around Us. Told from the point of view of Violet, a dancer who is on the brink of one of the biggest and most important performances of her life, as well as the point of view of Amber, who has been behind bars for years for a crime that she may or may not have committed, Suma’s novel comes together through the story of a third narrator whose voice you never hear: Orianna. This is a story about guilt and innocence, about secrets and how deep we let people into those places within us, and it’s a story about how the past can define our present, even if we try desperately to keep that past under wraps. This story about girls and how girls treat one another, how they can turn against and turn toward one another, is written in luscious and deliciously creepy prose not easy to forget. Put it on your radars now; this is an outstanding literary young adult novel more than worth the wait. — Kelly Jensen for Book Riot