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Fiction. After spending his teens in juvenile detention, Monty is released to find he has nowhere to turn except back to the friends of his youth. But neither BJ nor Erin know how to have him in their lives anymore. As kids, BJ and Monty shared the anguish of being forgotten children, playing basketball and wandering the streets, but BJ has since aged out of her tomboy persona and into a sexually-confused woman in an adult body she doesn't understand, particularly when Monty is the first guy to view her as a woman. Although Erin Broder never gave up on her friendship with Monty, she doesn't know where he fits into her upward-bound life, which is filled with professional parents, varsity track, and an Ivy League destiny. To the Broder family, young Monty was a charity case, a kid from the wrong side of Tremont Street, a novelty friend they hoped Erin would outgrow. So what happens when she doesn't? With sharp language and unflinching honesty, Kara Weiss depicts a complex reality where adolescent friendship is less like a two-way street, more like a six-way interchange with broken signals. For fans of Denis Johnson, Amy Bloom, and Cormac McCarthy.
|Publisher:||Colony Collapse Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Kara Weiss was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts. She attended Williams College and holds an MFA from the University of Washington. Kara was the recipient of the Ingham prize for fiction, and her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines. She currently lives with her family in Salt Lake City, Utah
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Late Lights based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This was an wonderful read! Kara Weiss is an incredibly talented author. Her story was riveting, thoughtful, challenging and left me wanting so much more.
Late Lights by Kara Weiss is a short fictional novel told in short story form. Each chapter is told by a different narrator, but all of the narrators are connected in various ways. Monty is in and out of juvie, and is struggling to get his life back on track. It would be much easier for him if his father was a little more helpful. BJ is a wreck. . . she's in denial about her self image and could use some good friends. And Erin is trying to run away from it all. Actually, all 3 kids are trying to run away from it all, and they are all troubled in different ways and connected through a friendship that started years before. While Late Lights isn't a happy-go-lucky story, it's not altogether depressive either. It's kind of in between and feels very genuine and real. It's a quick read but Weiss's writing is addictive. After reading this novella, I wanted more! I wanted more depth, more information, more more more. Is this a case of a fabulous author or was the book just too short? I'm thinking it's Kara Weiss that's making me want more! Thank you Leah @ Books Speak Volumes for the giveaway that won me this (signed!!!!) copy! Have you read a novella that has knocked your socks off? Thanks for reading, Rebecca @ Love at First Book