Absolutely Entertaining

Magers & Quinn Booksellers is pleased to host the launch party for one of the first books from Carolrhoda Lab–The Absolute Value of -1 by St Paul’s Steve Brezenoff–Thursday, September 23, at 7:30pm.

In his luminous YA novel, Steve Brezenoff explores the changing value of relationships as the characters realize that the distances between them are far greater than they knew. Noah, Lily, and Simon have been a trio forever. But as they enter high school, their relationships shift and their world starts to fall apart. Privately, each is dealing with a family crisis–divorce, abuse, and a parent’s illness. Yet as they try to escape the pain and reach out for the connections they once counted on, they slip–like soap in a shower. Noah’s got it bad for Lily, but he knows too well Lily sees only Simon. Simon is indifferent, suddenly inscrutable to his friends. All stand alone in their heartache and grief.

“Brezenoff’s enviable prose captures distinct, compelling characters as they struggle through the often heartbreaking work of becoming adults. Readers will identify with Lily, Noah, and Simon as they try to reconcile their longing for connection with their need to break free.”–Sara Zarr, National Book Award Nominee and author of Once Was Lost

Steve Brezenoff has written several chapter books for young readers, and The Absolute Value of -1 is his first novel for teens. As he tells it, “I was born and raised in and around New York City, and I lived in the tri-state area for over thirty years. But I met and fell for a shiksa, and my exile began in earnest in March of 2006. Now we live in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with our infant son and our scrappy, smelly dog.” Learn more at stevebrezenoff.blogspot.com.

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