A (late) look at October past
Previous Summer is here: news, parties, and 50 years of Loving
It’s the first day of August, and my fifth book is out today! WHEN I AM THROUGH WITH YOU follows eight teens from a high school orienteering club who set out on a backpacking trip in the remote Trinity Alps. Pretty much everything goes wrong, and the book’s narrator Ben earnestly recounts the terrible events of this trip, the group’s fight for survival, and ultimately, his role in the death of his beloved girlfriend Rose.
This book has meant a lot to me, right from the start. The story is undeniably dark and often sad, but where a lot of my other writing has focused on people trying to understand themselves, WHEN I AM THROUGH WITH YOU is more about relationships, about looking outward and connecting with others, about understanding what it really means to love and be loved.
It’s fitting then, perhaps, that this story feels more collaborative than others. I am so very thankful to everyone who helped make this book a reality – in particular the wonderful Andrew Karre, who understood what this story needed to be and helped me find my way there. I’m also eternally grateful for my early readers and critique partners who have offered so much valuable feedback and support along the way. It’s been quite the journey – a highly rewarding one.