Susanna Lancaster's The Growing Rock

at in store on 01/11/2018, 06:00 am
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Memphis, TN
A new young adult novel, The Growing Rock depicts the Great Depression era in a fresh light with striking historical details and transports readers of today to the world of 1937. Intended for early Young Adult readers, the book explores complex family dynamics and significant cross-generational themes, such as physical development and body image, poverty, depression, and grief. Told from a close third-person point of view, The Growing Rock traces the story of fourteen-year-old Caroline Neal during the summer of 1937 in the small town of Ripley, TN. When both Papa and her favorite brother leave the family cotton farm to find work elsewhere, the life she knows quickly begins to change. Her older sister, Blanche, constantly runs off and leaves her with added responsibilities. Feeling different around her best friend Peter and trying to please those around her, Caroline faces the delicate struggle of growing up and must not give in to the hopelessness that is consuming Mama. She finds comfort in an unlikely friendship with the town's recluse and by telling her sickly little sister hopeful stories about the Growing Rock that grows magically larger every summer. About the author: Susanna Lancaster writes for young people of all ages, with work ranging from chapter books to Young Adult books. She completed her M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People from Lesley University. Her writing has appeared in Balloon Lit Jounal and Hieroglyph Literary Journal. She also writes for the magazines Memphis Health + Fitness and The Perpetual You. The Growing Rock is Susanna's first published book. Event date: Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm Event address: 387 Perkins St. Memphis, TN 38117

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