Relief Map (Paperback)

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THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!! Knecht captures perfectly the compounding anxiety of everyday life as a teen in the midst of crisis. After the town of Lomath is cut off from its neighbors by police seeking an escaped fugitive, tensions begin to threaten the town’s increasingly unstable social dynamics. The novel follows sixteen-year-old Livy – written sincerely and believably – as she attempts to understand and cope with the complexities of growing up and the breakdown of the fragile hierarchies around her. This book is atmospheric and fraught and quietly brilliant and completely, utterly engrossing and I loved every page! --Molly

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In the heat of a stifling summer in her sixteenth year, Livy Marko spends her days in the rust-belt town of Lomath, Pennsylvania, babysitting, hanging out with her best friend, Nelson, and waiting for a bigger life to begin. These simple routines are disrupted when the electricity is cut off and the bridges are closed by a horde of police and FBI agents. A fugitive from the Republic of Georgia, on the run from an extradition order, has taken refuge in nearby hills and no one is able to leave or enter Lomath until he is found.As the police fail to find the wanted man and hours stretch into days, the town of Lomath begins to buckle under the strain. Like Russian dolls, each hostage seems to be harboring a captive of their own. Even Livy's parents may have something to conceal, and Livy must learn that the source of danger is not always what it appears.Rosalie Knecht's wise and suspenseful debut evokes the classics while conjuring the contemporary paranoia of the post-terrorist age. Relief Map doesn't loosen its grip until the consequences of this catastrophic summer, and the ways in which a quiet girl's fate can be rerouted and forever changed, are made fully apparent.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781941040225
ISBN-10: 1941040225
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication Date: March 28th, 2016
Pages: 275
Language: English