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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library RYA (Text) 33500013293105 New On holds shelf -
Hawley Public Library RYA (Text) 33500013293113 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780143135456
  • ISBN: 0143135457
  • Physical Description: 289 pages ; 20 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2020.

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"As a full moon rises over Melbourne, Australia, a young woman gets ready for a party. She is autistic, yet within her mind, she is whoever she wants to be. What appears to an ordinary night out is - through the prism of her singular perspective - extraordinary. As the evening unfolds, each encounter reveals the vast discrepancies between what she is thinking and feeling, and what she is able to say. And there's so much she'd like to say. So when she meets a man and the possibility of intimacy and genuine connection occurs, it's nothing short of a miracle. However, it isn't until she invites him home that we come to appreciate the humanity beneath the labels we cling to, and we can grasp the pleasure of what it means to be alive" --Publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 July #1
    Ryan's novel covers less than 24 hours, but by book's end, readers are left feeling remarkably bonded with this fiercely independent young woman who thinks, acts, and lives differently from the so-called norm. What actually happens over 300-plus pages is relatively minimal: she prepares to attend a party, arrives, takes a brief walk, meets a stranger, and brings him home to just sleep through the night; revelations ensue. Her sharp, unfiltered thoughts—compellingly presented by Australian director and debut novelist Ryan, who herself is #OwnVoices neurodiverse—never seem to pause as she skips between describing her present and divulging her past, meticulously processing her actions, and regarding herself and others from unexpected perspectives. Virtually every page offers a discerning observation: "Mystery is my favorite accessory"; "privilege seems to be the result of conquering things, and stealing things, and copying things"; "being overstimulated and distracted has become a social expectation." Her piercing insight is relentless. Ryan is currently preparing her intriguing tale for the screen, but how this intense inner life will transfer across media remains to be seen—literally. Until then, read the book. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Madeleine Ryan is an Australian writer, director and author. Her articles and essays have appeared in SBS, The Daily Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, Vice, Bustle, Lenny Letter, and the New York Times, and she is currently working on the screen adaptation of A Room Called Earth. Madeleine lives in rural Victoria.

Subject: Autistic people > Fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Individuality > Fiction.
Young women > Fiction.
Melbourne (Vic.) > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.

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