Waiting on Wednesday: And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

Expected Release Date: January 28, 2014

When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to Emily to heal her own damaged self.

This inventive story, told in verse and in prose, paints the aftermath of tragedy as a landscape where there is good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow.

(summary via Goodreads)

I recently read a book that featured a fictional Emily Dickinson, so this one caught my eye as it features her ghost.  This doesn’t exactly look like light reading, but it does look interesting.  Plus, bonus points for using the word “inventive” instead of something else that feels overused and meaningless at this point.  I like the idea of combining prose and verse in the novel, and I have high hopes that this is as riveting as I expect it to be.

What are you waiting on this week?

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