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If We Shadows about to be released

Anticipation 09 Workshop
I've been waiting to be able to share this. My good friend and writing workshop colleague, D. E. Atwood's YA novel (If We Shadows) is going to be released on an accelerated schedule next week. Atwood has a real understanding for the difficulties of teenage life to begin with, but deals with the particular difficulties of being a transgendered teen with aplomb and verisimilitude that I've not seen often, and handles the genre elements with a minimum of drama and gimmickry.

I'm not a great reader of YA (surprise, surprise), but while this novel was being threshed out, I was impressed by the clean, accessible style, the pace, and the plot development. I kept thinking... this person knows writing, is professional, and has a keen understanding of her genre.... this book is a winner!

So, if this kind of story appeals to you or somebody who knows this situation, I strongly recommend you pop by the website and pick up a copy.

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lnhammer
Feb. 27th, 2014 02:50 pm (UTC)
That looks like the kind of book I like.

---L.
barry_king
Feb. 27th, 2014 04:13 pm (UTC)
Cool. Well, if you do get a copy and like it, I'd appreciate you mentioning it publicly. It's a new imprint that is bravely taking on these marginalized stories, and I think they could use as much profile as they can get.
sartorias
Feb. 27th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up=--going to check it out right now.
sartorias
Feb. 27th, 2014 03:24 pm (UTC)
Bought!
barry_king
Feb. 27th, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Pls. let me know how it goes for you. As you can tell, it has a Shakespearian theme.
sartorias
Feb. 27th, 2014 04:25 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to it!
barry_king
Mar. 12th, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
I see you liked it a bit. BTW, I suspect you made a writer at career's beginning learn to trust herself a bit more.
sartorias
Mar. 12th, 2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
Well, Goodreads is for readers, and I hope my review will get some people interested in trying the book. (I also went over and urged Jim Hines to read it.)

But the author? If that is a first novel, I am blown away in envy. If it's a twenty-fifth, still blown! (Also, the twenty-years junior high and high school teacher in me rejoiced to only notice one tiny grammatical error. Such a pleasure, after a couple of recent reads full of 'em.)
barry_king
Mar. 12th, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
Yep. First novel. I'm so glad you liked it. She's a fan of yours, too, so it means a lot.
asakiyume
Feb. 27th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
It's a very current topic. Have the publishers considered approaching Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo at diversityinya.tumblr.com? They might give it coverage. They also have a Wordpress blog with the same name, and it may be easier to get in touch with them over there.
barry_king
Feb. 27th, 2014 04:42 pm (UTC)
Oo! Excellent suggestion. I'll pass it on!
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