One for SorrowChristopher Barzak
Nebula Award nominee 2008.
Part thriller, part ghost tale, part love story, One for Sorrow is a novel as timeless as The Catcher in the Rye and as hauntingly lyrical as The Lovely Bones. Christopher Barzak's stunning debut tells of a teenage boy's coming-of-age that begins with a shocking murder and ends with a reason to hope.
Adam McCormick had just turned fifteen when the body was found in the woods. It is the beginning of an autumn that will change his life forever. Jamie Marks was a boy a lot like Adam, a boy no one paid much attention to – a boy almost no one would truly miss. And for the first time, Adam feels he has a purpose. Now, more than ever, Jamie needs a friend.
But the longer Adam holds on to Jamie's ghost, the longer he keeps his friend tethered to a world where he no longer belongs... and the weaker Adam’s own ties to the living become. Now, to find his way back, Adam must learn for himself what it truly means to be alive.
Christopher Barzak (born 1975) is an American author. He has published many short stories, beginning with "A Mad Tea Party" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet in 1999. In 2007 he published his debut novel, One for Sorrow, which has won the 2008 Crawford Award, and was a nominee for the 2008 Great Lakes Book Award as well as the Logo Channel's NewNowNext Award. His second novel, The Love We Share Without Knowing, was placed on the 2008 James Tiptree Jr. Award Honor List and was a 2009 Nebula Award nominee for Best Novel. He has also worked as a teacher outside of Tokyo. Barzak holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Currently, he teaches fiction writing at Youngstown State University, ... (more)
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