Read Between the Lines

Knowles Jo

Read Between the Lines
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Read Between the Lines

Knowles Jo

Does anyone ever see us for who we really are? Jo Knowles s revelatory novel of interlocking stories peers behind the scrim as it follows nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day.

Thanks to a bully in gym class, unpopular Nate suffers a broken finger the middle one, splinted to flip off the world. It won t be the last time a middle finger is raised on this day. Dreamer Claire envisions herself sitting in an artsy cafe, filling a journal, but fate has other plans. One cheerleader dates a closeted basketball star; another questions just how, as a  big girl,  she fits in. A group of boys scam drivers for beer money without remorse or so it seems.

Over the course of a single day, these voices and others speak loud and clear about the complex dance that is life in a small town. They resonate in a gritty and unflinching portrayal of a day like any other, with ordinary traumas, heartbreak, and revenge. But on any given day, the line where presentation and perception meet is a tenuous one, so hard to discern. Unless, of course, one looks a little closer and reads between the lines.

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