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About the Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than thirty published and forthcoming books. An avid hiker, traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, she has released her first book of photos, 365 Days of Gratitude: Photos from a Beautiful World.
Her novel Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association (ALA) for its Best Book for Young Adults list, and translated into more than twenty-three languages for distribution in over thirty countries. Both Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List, and Jumpstart the World was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards. Where We Belong won two Rainbow Awards in 2013, and The Language of Hoofbeats won a Rainbow Award in 2015.
More than fifty of her short stories have been published in the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and many other journals, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for the O. Henry Award and the Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in The Best American Short Stories.
She is founder and former president (2000–2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation and still serves on its board of directors. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.
For more information, please visit the author at www.catherineryanhyde.com.
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (December 3, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 298 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542042380
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542042383
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lucas is a very lonely boy in his mid-teens. He narrates this story as an older adult, and we read his narrations from the past to the present and back again, until the two timelines merge. It’s a very effective dance to keep the reader curious and invested to see what what will happen and how.
His story begins by wanting to escape from a difficult home life. We find out his parents’ marriage is troubled, his brother is in Vietnam, his best friend is extremely depressed, and his only escape is running with two dogs in the woods—dogs which don’t even belong to him. The story of how he meets the dogs’ owner and his relationship with her, an older woman named Zoe, starts us on our journey with Lucas.
The book is unflinching in its facing squarely the themes of addiction, suicide, loneliness, the overt and hidden consequences of war. And the synchronicity of seemingly inconsequential decisions and actions which change lives for generations.
I appreciate the author’s ability to keep it real: no-one is completely bad or completely good; we never know the whole story; all are capable of redemption but never perfection. And her ability to keep us surprised even until the very end.
This book will appeal to a young-adult reader and to any age adult. I highly recommend it!
A beautifully told story by a truly talented author.
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Thought provoking and inspiring.
Perhaps things really do happen for a reason and that we all must stay.
Definitely recommend and look forward to reading more fromthis author