October 05, 2015

Welcome special guest @ktaxelrod Oct. 10th at 4pm on @Crossroadreview with #Giveaway!

Welcome special guest @ktaxelrod Oct. 10th at 4pm on Sept. #BookHaulwith #Giveaway! RSVP now: https://plus.google.com/events/cf3n1sc0dllu24atj9bpe95i1h8




Terrified by the realization that she could lose her mother to schizophrenia, Emma spirals out of control over the course of one winter break.

The car glows with that careless feeling before the freedom of winter break as Emma drives home from boarding school with her boyfriend, Daniel. But when Emma calls to tell her mom she’ll be home before dinner, something is wrong. Just hours after Emma returns home, she realizes that her mom is suffering from a schizophrenic break. Emma’s entire childhood and identity is called into question. How could the woman who sent huge care packages of candy to sleep away camp be the same woman duct taping their windows to keep out the voices in her head? In her search for answers, Emma lands on a terrible possibility: schizophrenia is genetic. Emma could have only a few more years of sanity. Emma could end up just like her mom.

In the span of just one winter break, Emma’s life falls apart. Her relationships alter forever and she is forced to see the hard reality in a line from Anna Karenina: “The law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.”


 About the Author
Kate Axelrod was born and raised in New York City. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She has written for Nerve.com, Salon and various other publications. She lives in Brooklyn and works as an advocate in the criminal justice system. This is her first novel.







“In this candid, affecting portrait of a girl in crisis, debut author Axelrod nonjudgmentally and realistically captures the swirling ups and downs of anxiety, and the frantic, impotent grasp for control in the face of unpredictable, catastrophic change.” —Booklist 

"Axelrod’s prose is careful, intelligent, and contemplative.... [Emma's] actions never feel anything but realistic in this reflective and incisive exploration of the far-reaching effects of mental illness." — Publishers Weekly






"All opinions are 100% honest and my own." 














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