The Gone Away PlaceChristopher Barzak
fantasy, young adult
From Stonewall Honor author Christopher Barzak comes a haunting novel of love and loss, in which a series of tornadoes rips through a small midwest town, forever altering the lives of those who live there.
Ellie heads up her high school yearbook, and until the tornadoes come, her biggest worry is how to raise enough money to print them. But since the day when a rash of powerful tornadoes touched down in Newfoundland, Ohio — killing more than half of the students in her school, not to mention dozens more people throughout the town — she’s been haunted: by the ghosts of her best friends, by the boy next door, even by her boyfriend. And the living are haunting her too, all those left behind in the storm’s wake to cope with the “gone away” pieces in their lives. A chance encounter with one ghost leads Ellie to discover a way to free the spirits that have been lingering since the storm, and she learns that she’s not the only one seeing the ghosts — it’s a town-wide epidemic.
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)
Photo: Photograph of author Christopher Barzak, taken in Kinsman, Ohio. Photo author: Christopher Barzak. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.