The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of Memory


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For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own. Will being back home help Andy s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? "The Impossible Knife of Memory" is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down."

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  • Hardback | 391 pages
  • 149.86 x 210.82 x 38.1mm | 362.87g
  • 07 Jan 2014
  • English
  • 0670012092
  • 9780670012091
  • 95,603

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Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak. She is also author of the critically acclaimed YA books Prom, Twitsted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She has also authored a number of middle grade titles including The Vet Volunteers series, and the historical fiction Seeds of America Trilogy, which includes Forge, ALA Best Book for Young AdultsFever 1793, and the National Book Award finalist and Scott O Dell Award-winner Chains. She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at"

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PRAISE FOR "THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY" "Anderson's novels . . . speak for the still-silent among us, and force all of us to acknowledge the real and painful truths that are too dangerous to ignore." --"New York Times" "As in "Speak", Anderson provides a riveting study of a psychologically scarred teenager, peeling back layers of internal defenses to reveal a girl's deepest wounds." --"Publishers Weekly, "starred review "In Anderson's skilled hands, readers will find a light shining on the shadowy reality of living with someone who has lived through war--and who is still at war with himself."--"Booklist", starred review "It will not disappoint her legion of fans. . . Anderson really does know how to write a story that will resonate with teens." --"SLJTeen" PRAISE FOR "WINTERGIRLS" "A startlingly crisp and pitch-perfect first-person narrative." --"School Library Journal", starred review "As difficult as reading this novel can be, it is even more difficult to put down." --"Publishers Weekly, "starred review "Anderson perfectly captures the isolate and motivations of the anorexic." --"Kirkus Reviews", starred review "Anderson illuminates a dark but utterly realistic world . . . this is necessary reading." --"Booklist", starred review "Readers will be absorbed by this gripping tale" --"BCCB, "starred review PRAISE FOR "SPEAK" ." . .a stunning first novel" --"Publishers Weekly" "". . ."compelling" --"School Library Journal" "The plot is gripping and the characters are powerfully drawn . . . a novel that will be hard for readers to forget." --"Kirkus Reviews"

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