One For Sorrow: A Novel

  • Publish Date: 2007-08-28
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Christopher Barzak
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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 Barzaks stunning debut tells of a teenage boys 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 toa 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 Jamies ghost, the longer he keeps his friend tethered to a world where he no longer belongs . . . and the weaker Adams own ties to the living become. Now, to find his way back, Adam must learn for himself what it truly means to be alive.

Praise for One for Sorrow

Christopher Barzaks sympathy and humor, his awareness, his easeful vernacular storytelling, are extraordinary, and his mournful, unforgettable teenagers drive us deep into the land of the dead practically before we've even fastened our seatbelts.Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn

An amazing, original debut from an amazing, original writer. One for Sorrow may be the most haunting ghost story Ive ever read.Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

An uncommonly good book with brains, heart, and bravery to spare. Readers who dont find themselves in sympathy with Barzaks characters were never adolescents themselves.Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners

An honest and uncanny ride through the shadows between grief and acceptance. This is how real magic works.Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies and Extras

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