By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
You may remember Laurie Halse Anderson from your class readings of her debut novel, Speak, which is now part of the curriculum in hundreds of middle schools, high schools, and colleges around the country. In a young adult market (YA) that is so often filled with paranormal fantasy novels, it’s a relief to have authors like Anderson to provide us with gritty, real-life storytelling.
Her newest book The Impossible Knife of Memory revolves around high school senior Hayley and her single father, Andy, as he struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from his deployment in Iraq. Haley returns to her hometown to attend school after moving from military base to military base, and tries to have a “normal” life for the first time. However, her father’s issues with drinking and PTSD make it difficult to adjust.
Anderson is a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Award Finalist, who is known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her work has earned her numerous national and state awards, along with international recognition. We have high hopes that Anderson will bring her usual blend of candor and humor to The Impossible Knife of Memory, respectfully highlighting the issues of PTSD.
Images courtesy of Laurie Halse Anderson.