A Sense of the Infinite (Hardcover)
By the author of the critically acclaimed Wild Awake, a beautiful coming-of-age story about deep friendship, the weight of secrets, and the healing power of nature.
It's senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready—ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning and dreaming. But there are some things Annabeth isn't prepared for, like the constant presence of Noe's new boyfriend. Like how her relationship with her mom is wearing and fraying. And like the way the secret she's been keeping hidden deep inside her for years has started clawing at her insides, making it hard to eat or even breathe.
But most especially, she isn't prepared to lose Noe.
For years, Noe has anchored Annabeth and set their joint path. Now Noe is drifting in another direction, making new plans and dreams that don't involve Annabeth. Without Noe's constant companionship, Annabeth's world begins to crumble. But as a chain of events pulls Annabeth further and further away from Noe, she finds herself closer and closer to discovering who she's really meant to be—with her best friend or without.
Hilary T. Smith's second novel is a gorgeously written meditation on identity, loss, and the bonds of friendship.
About the Author
Hilary T. Smith lives in Portland, Oregon, where she studies North Indian classical music and works on native plant restoration. She is the author of Wild Awake.
“Smith’s prose is knock-down gorgeous. A fearless writer ably tackles a difficult story.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Smith’s thoughtful storytelling...instantly feels like a classic.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (starred review)
“With brief, vignette-like chapters and arrestingly vivid language, Smith draws readers deeply into Annabeth’s life during a pivotal year…. An intimate, understated, and compelling coming-of-age story.”
— Horn Book Magazine
“A convincing portrayal of an introspective teen emerging stronger and more confident as she becomes more independent.”
— Publishers Weekly