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Women are central in Kate Walbert's return to short stories after five novels. Although there are male characters on the periphery (mostly dead, divorced, or gone), the emotional stakes are all between the women. These are not stories of the sisterhood, however, but of lonely women hungering for each other's company and ultimately being unable to connect or having the promise of connection torn away. The women in this collection keep each other at a stiff distance while longing, with burgeoning self-refl ection, for something more, remembering the mothers, daughters, neighbors, and coworkers who touched their lives, remembering how She Was Like That (Scribner, $26). Anxiety is the central mood of these stories, but Walbert creates some deeply funny scenes, as in the many defi nitions of a mother in the Mother's Day school project that gives "A Mother is Someone who Tells Jokes" its title.

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ISBN: 9781476799421
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Published: Scribner - October 1st, 2019

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Ignored by his grieving family after the sudden death of a sibling, our young narrator ricochets back and forth between an increasingly chaotic home life and the woods outside his home in coastal Alaska. Both environments are treacherous in their own way, and so full of opposite extremes that the overall effect is one of disturbed equilibrium. With an aching lyricism, Lin exposes the raw physicality of childhood and family life in a way that feels completely new.

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ISBN: 9780374279363
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 7th, 2019

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka's mother began many of her letters to him with the greeting Hey, Kiddo (Graphix, $24.99 HB/$14.99 PB), right before explaining that she couldn't come to his birthday, to his graduation, to pretty much anything. Jarrett eventually discovered that his grandparents were raising him because his mother was a heroin addict, and her letters came from jail or a halfway house. Krosoczka’s graphic memoir, an artistic leap forward from the simpler line drawings of his beloved Lunch Lady series, highlights his deep compassion: for his addicted mother, absentee father, alcoholic grandmother, and for his own younger, hurting self. Ages 14-18.

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ISBN: 9780545902489
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Published: Graphix - October 9th, 2018

Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545902472
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Published: Graphix - October 9th, 2018

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