"A spell, a book; the hope is the same: if we can just fix the words in the right order, the horizon will brighten, our vision improve, and - uncertainty relaxing its hold - all will fall wonderfully into place.” Stacy Schiff THE WITCHES
What I Carry
1/21/2020 Random House Books Pre-Order
“Dubbed not only a necessary book - [but] a charming, honest, and hopeful one by A Heart in a Body in the World author Deb Caletti, Longo's What I Carry centers on Muiriel, a self-described "foundling" approaching her 18th birthday in the foster-care system. She has become an expert at moving, because she's bounced around to nearly two dozen foster homes. With her emancipation from the system on the horizon, Muiriel just needs to keep herself out of trouble until her birthday. But when her home city of Seattle can't place her anywhere, Muiriel is shipped off to a remote island in the Puget Sound, where she finds people who complicate her personal philosophy against attachments.” -Kristian Wilson, cover reveal courtesy of BUSTLE magazine.
“You will carry this book in your heart for a long, long time.” - Jeff Zentner, William C. Morris Award winning author of The Serpent King and Goodbye Days
“This smart, funny, beautiful book is sure to mend hearts as well as open minds.” - Jo Knowles, author of Where the Heart Is
“A deeply touching story about survival, hope, and love and an important addition to the literature of foster care. Muiriel’s journey will transfix readers from the first to the last page.” - Kathleen Glasgow, author of Girl in Pieces
“Funny, painful, fresh, and real, Jennifer Longo’s What I Carry will break your heart and put it back together again.” - Martha Brokenbrough, author of Kirkus Prize Finalist The Game of Love and Death
“With messy, memorable characters you’ll root for, What I Carry tells a pwerful story about what it means to let go of what weighs us down, and make space for what moves us forward - hope, love, and chosen family.” - Joy McCullough-Carranza, author of National Book Award Longlisted, Morris Award Finalist Bood Water Paint
“A knock-down hope-filled story to fall in love with…Read this book. Then pass it on.” - Holly Cupala, author of Don’t Breathe a Word
“What I Carry is not only a necessary book —it’s a charming, honest, and hopeful one. This is a story you’ll fall for.” - Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist, and author of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book, A Heart in a Body in the World.
"Superb." KIRKUS Starred
2015 Washington State Book Award Finalist
2014 Fall INDIES INTRODUCE NEW VOICES Title
A VOYA Perfect Ten Title
RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS 2014
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“Passion, jealousy and heartbreak…incisively written.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
2016 Winter INDIES NEXT LIST Title
2017 YALSA BEST YA FICTION Finalist
2017 Washington State Book Award Finalist
RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS 2016
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