Wednesday, March 24, 2010
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
by Margie Gelbwasser
Publication Date: November 2010 by Flux
Alyssa’s Jewish, like most of Glenfair, but since she’s also Russian, Alyssa feels even more separated from other teens. How many other Jewish families have a New Year’s tree with ornaments? On top of all this, Alyssa’s once stable home environment has become chaotic.
Alyssa is used to alcohol accompanying every meal and event in the Russian culture. But when Alyssa’s mother loses her job, the usual drink or two changes into a full-time happy hour. While Alyssa's father uses news reports of war unrest in the Middle East as his escape from reality, Alyssa is left to pick up the pieces of her shattered family alone. As her mother’s alcoholism gets worse, Alyssa must decide how much she can and should handle before she crumbles as well.
I met Margie in a Tenners (2010 authors) chat one night and we became friends. I am so excited to see her book with cover art, finally! She and I have been trying to work together to get the word out about her book. It's hard to WoW a book w/out cover art, so now I can! Margie's book, Inconvenient, doesn't fit your typical YA mold. The main character is Jewish, which a lot of books won't deal with. Yes, it's set in a high school, like many YA books, but I think Margie will put a different spin on it, that readers will like. November is a while to wait, but I'm sure this one will be worth it!