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For the past five years Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq.
Now they are back in town where he grew up so Hayley can go to a proper school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.
Will being back home help Andy's PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over?
About the Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the author of several books for young adults including the New York Times bestselling novel Speak. She is the recipient of the prestigious ALAN Award (2008), which honours those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature. Laurie Halse Anderson lives in northern New York State with her husband.
'Anderson provides a riveting study of a psychologically scarred teenager, peeling back layers of internal defenses to reveal a girl's deepest wounds...It's a tough, absorbing story of the effects of combat on soldiers and the people who love them.' * Publishers Weekly * 'I finished the final few chapters of the novel unable to break away, closing the cover with waves of emotion crashing over me...a brilliant read.' -- Bookworld blog `Laughter through tears and all manner of matters of the heart make this novel a standout for any reader 15 and up.' * Galley Talk * 'A characteristically honest and deeply felt exploration of the lingering scars of war.' * Kirkus Reviews * 'Powerful writing, memorable characters and a sweet romance...this book is one incredible tale of a girl's struggle with her war veteran father and her discovery of love.' 5 star review -- Looking for Panacea blog '[Halse Anderson's] brilliant turn of phrase, cynical, cutting and often very funny, ensures readers will warm to Hayley's complex character immediately.' * Sunday Territorian * 'Laurie Halse Anderson is the Paul Zindel of the 21st century, creating intriguing young characters who combine strangeness with charm...The Impossible Knife of Memory is a positive story, where events develop in an unpredictable way, avoiding cliches, and providing a satisfying conclusion. In fact, this is a novel that will be enjoyed by all who appreciate good writing.' * Weekend Press/Dominion Post * 'An impressive book. The characters of Hayley and her father [are] sympathetically drawn.' * Magpies *
So that day after detention I made it home from school in one piece, pissed and hungry and determined to ignore all my homework. Dad’s pick-up was parked in the driveway. I put my hand on the hood: stone cold. I checked the odometer; no extra miles since I left that morning. He hadn’t gone to work again.
I unlocked the one, two, three, four locks on the front door of our house. (Our house. Still felt weird to put those two words together.) Opened the door carefully. He hadn’t put the chain on. Probably slept all day. Or he was dead. Or he remembered that I had gone to school and that I was going to come home and that I’d need the chain to be off. That’s what I was hoping for.
ISBN: 9781922182227 ISBN-10: 1922182222 Audience:
For Ages: 14+ years old For Grades: 9 - 10 Format:
Number Of Pages: 304 Published: 2nd January 2014 Publisher: Text Publishing Co Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.29