The Other Way Around by Sashi Kaufman
Thursday, March 6th, 7:00pm at Longfellow Books
Maine middle school science and English teacher, Sashi Kaufman shares her debut young adult novel, The Other Way Around.
Teenager Andrew has
seen a flash of his future. (Dad: unfinished PhD. Mom: unfulfilling
career. Their marriage: unsuccessful.) Based on what he's seen, he's
uninspired to put a foot on the well-worn path to the adulthood everyone
expects of him. There must be another way around.
After a particularly disastrous
Thanksgiving (his cousin wets Andrew's bed; his parents were too chicken
to tell him his grandmother died), Andrew accidentally (on purpose)
runs away and joins the circus. Kind of.
A guy can meet the most
interesting people at the Greyhound station at dinnertime on
Thanksgiving day. The Freegans are exactly the kinds of friends (living
out of an ancient VW camper van, dumpster diving, dressing like clowns
and busking for change) who would have Andrew's mom reaching for a third
glass of Chardonnay. To Andrew, five teenagers who seem like they've
found another way to grow up are a dream come true. But as the VW winds
its way across the USA, the future is anything but certain. The path of least resistance is a long, strange trip.
"Debut author Kaufman does a great job of depicting young people who have
opted out of conventional middle-class values. Andrew’s position as
outsider and observer, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t yet figured
out who he is or what he cares about, means that, at times, he fades
into the background, but Kaufman patiently builds the insights and
experiences that make him more dimensional, not only to readers, but to
himself." -Publishers Weekly
Join us for an evening with debut Maine author to hear a great new local voice in young adult fiction, ask your questions and get
your books signed.