Weightless

Weightless

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Adamsville wasn't a place that people came to. It was a place you were from, where you were born, where you were raised, where you stayed.

Before Carolyn Lessing arrived, nothing much had ever happened in Adamsville, Alabama. Each week, at dinner tables and in the high school assembly, everyone would pray for the football team to win. Each year, the Adams High hotlist would be updated, and girls would rise and fall within its ranks. Each day, everyone lived by the unwritten rules that cheerleaders did not hang out with the swim team, seniors did not date freshmen and the blistering heat was something that should never be remarked upon. But then the new girl came.

All Carolyn's social media could reveal was that she had moved from New Jersey, she had 1075 friends - and she didn't have a relationship status. In beach photos with boys who looked like Abercrombie models she seemed beautiful, but in real life she was so much more. She was perfect.

This was all before the camera crews arrived, before it became impossible to see where rumour ended and truth began, and before the Annual Adamsville Balloon Festival, when someone swore they saw the captain of the football team with his arm around Carolyn, and cracks began to appear in the dry earth.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 146 x 134mm | 190g
  • Bolinda/Audible Audio
  • Australia
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1489017380
  • 9781489017383

Review quote

'A chillingly forensic account of school-girl bullying. It reminds me very much in style of The Virgin Suicides, and like that book is written in the first person plural which is no mean feat.' -- The Independent 'It works brilliantly. It's a compulsive, clever read, and leaves you thinking through the issues of bullying with new eyes.' -- Irish Examiner 'High school bullying has never been dealt with in as frightening a way, or one which examines quite as clearly the moral guilt of those who just stand by and watch.' -- The Scotsman
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About Sarah Bannan

Sarah Bannan was born in Watertown, New York in 1978 and is the youngest of three daughters. She moved frequently growing up, living in Texas, Florida and Alabama, where she went to high school.

Sarah attended Georgetown University from 1996-2000, majoring in English (with a concentration in literature and literary history) and minoring in Theatre. She had a number of influential professors while attending university, including John Glavin, David Kadlec and Norma Tilden, and, from 1998-1999, she moved to Ireland for a year of study at Trinity College Dublin.

Following graduation from Georgetown, Sarah moved to Ireland permanently in 2000. She has worked in various arts organisations, including the Irish Film Institute and the Lilliput Press. Since 2007, she has been the Head of Literature with the Arts Council. In 2010-2011, she completed the Faber Academy's Novel Writing Course in Dublin.

Sarah married her husband, Duncan Keegan, in 2004. In 2011, they had their first child, Niamh Ann Keegan. They live in a small cottage in the north inner city of Dublin. Sarah's parents now live in Virginia. Weightless is her first novel. Andi Arndt has an extensive background in the performing arts and public radio, both very useful to her current work in voiceover. From her home studio in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Andi records for a wide array of clients, including AT&T and RosettaStone, California Happy Cows and New York Newsday. Andi loves to see the world and write about it; her travel blog was given an honourable mention by National Geographic Traveler Online. In grad school, Andi worked for a museum audience research firm and was once paid to follow visitors surreptitiously around the Smithsonian's Spiders exhibit.
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