THE PLACE BETWEEN BREATHS by An Na
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THE PLACE BETWEEN BREATHS

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Age Range: 12 & up
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Walking away from those we love most may seem like the kindest thing we can do, but it’s a choice that will forever haunt those we leave behind.

Where do we place our faith—in God, in other people, in science? Grace and her father believe salvation will come in the form of a cure for the schizophrenia that led her mother to abandon her family and which now threatens Grace as well. To this end, her workaholic father, a racially ambiguous adoptee who met her Korean mother while working as an Army doctor, is a recruiter for a laboratory doing genetic research, luring in the best talent he can find. Still in high school, 18-year-old Grace has an internship at the same lab, where she meets one of her father’s hires, blue-eyed Will, whose easy manner and caring personality draw her in. But all is not well for Grace at home, at school, or in the dark recesses of her mind, where grief, fear, memory, and dread mingle. Told obliquely, with frequent shifts in time marked by seasons in the chapter headers, the spare, haunting text demands and rewards readers’ careful attention as they struggle, along with Grace, to determine what is actually real.

Thoughtful readers who appreciate literary fiction will find much to savor in this lyrical novel suffused with beauty and terror. (Fiction. 12-adult)

Pub Date: March 6th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-4814-2225-3
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2018




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