Fiction: Alone Together
Thank you for interest in my new verse novel Alone Together.
Alone Together is a contemporary realistic verse novel of about 170 pages that spans eleven months, representing the eleven children in Sadie Carter’s Catholic family. This is the story of one school year in fifteen-year old Sadie’s life as she crushes on boys, competes with her older sister (at least one of them), and makes sense of drifting friendships while all the while her huge family dwindles one-by-one for reasons the church would definitely not approve. The intended audience is junior high and early high school readers though I imagine some adults will find the family stories may resonate. There are some kissing scenes, which I tried to keep at a sort of sweet-intimacy level, and there are a few potentially controversial discoveries — what families don’t have a few of those.
I wrote Alone Together in verse because Sadie’s point of view is just one among many in this book , so the white spaces on the page are left for the perspectives she cannot know or understand. It will feel fragmented because Sadie is telling her story as she’s making sense of what’s happening; memory moments intrude on the present-tense timeline to help her connect the past to the present.
Right now, I have several beta readers looking over a draft of this novel, and I am looking for a literary agent. If you are interested, please use the contact form below, and I will contact you, or you can contact me through social media.
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