West Sound Reads: The Impossible Knife of Memory, with Laurie Halse Anderson
Eagle Harbor Book Company, in partnership with Liberty Bay Books and the Kitsap Regional Library system, is proud to launch Laurie Halse Anderson's both raw and uplifiting new book, The Impossible Knife of Memory, at the Win Granlund Performing Arts Center, South Kitsap High School, in Port Orchard, Tuesday, January 7th, at 7pm.
The Impossible Knife of Memory centers
around high school senior Hayley whose single father, Andy, struggles to
escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from the Iraq
War. The two have never lived in one town long enough for those
to catch up with him, until now. When Hayley and Andy finally stop
running and move into his childhood house in the community he grew up in, Andy learns that a soldier’s battle is never really over.
Neither, then, is his only daughter’s battles -- to keep her father alive and well, and to do the same for herself.
Her most personal book to date, Anderson’s descriptions of her character’s pain is visceral; her own father struggled through PTSD and alcoholism throughout her adolescence.
Laurie Halse Anderson is one of the only names in the world of young adult literature that rivals John Green’s in breadth of writing and impact of work. Anderson has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award, she received a medal from the American Library Association for her “significant and lasting contributions to young adult literature,” and her novel Speak is one of most important YA novels published in the past two decades. Speak, the story of a young victim of sexual assault, is used in classrooms across the country, spent 7 weeks on the USA Today bestseller list, and has put Anderson at the center of national conversations on sexual assault, including a candid conversation on NPR's Talk of the Nation.
Redemptive and relatable, The Impossible Knife of Memory is for any reader who has ever had to parent a parent.