by Jenny Jaeckel


by Jenny Jaeckel


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Arriving in a rain-swept city after a solo bus journey, eighteen-year-old Talia's world breaks wide open. Soon she is chasing chickens, telling bad jokes to a prospective boss, fielding a roommate's insults about her décor, all the while homesick for a place that never existed. Funny, harsh, touching, and uniquely observant, Talia speaks to the reader as if to a best friend.

In a chance encounter Talia meets George, a young man whose passion for building sailboats sparks a conversation that leads to much more. When a sailing job takes George away to Mexico, Talia struggles with ghosts from her troubled past until a growing faith in herself brings her to take a bold decision, stepping into the unknown in a way she never has before.

Reminiscent of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and Colette's Claudine, Eighteen is an intimate coming-of-age exploration of love, friendship, sexuality, and self-discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684338610
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication date: 01/13/2022
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Jenny Jaeckel is the award-winning author and illustrator of several books including her historical fiction companion novels House of Rougeaux and Boy, Falling, a collection of illustrated short fiction entitled For the Love of Meat, and the graphic novel memoir Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU. When not writing, Jaeckel works as an editor and translator. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family. Eighteen is her third novel.
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