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"This debut novel is captivating and moving. . . A dazzling, emotional story of love, loss, and living in the moment." --Kirkus Reviews
"A poignant and gripping heart-tug of a page-turner filled with heart and hope. I couldn't put it down. Magic." —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe
After her parents' bitter divorce, family vacations to the Big Island in Hawaii ceased. But across the miles, eighteen-year-old Tegan Rossi remains connected to local Kai Kapule, her best friend from childhood. Now, Tegan finds herself alone and confused about how she got to the Big Island. With no wallet, no cell phone, purse, or plane ticket, Tegan struggles to piece together what happened. She must have come to surprise-visit Kai. Right?
As the teens grow even closer, Tegan pushes aside her worries and gets swept away in the vacation of her dreams. But each morning, Tegan startles awake from nightmares that become more difficult to ignore. Something is eerily amiss. Why is there a strange gap in her memory? Why can't she reach her parents or friends from home? And what's with the mysterious hourglass tattoo over her heart?
Kai promises to help Tegan figure out what is going on. But the answers they find only lead to more questions. As the week unfolds, Tegan will experience the magic of first love, the hope of second chances, and the bittersweet joy and grief of being human.
About the Author
Dallas Woodburn is a recent John Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University and a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee. She won first place in the international Glass Woman Prize and second place in the American Fiction Prize. Her short stories have appeared in Cicada, ZYZZYVA, The Nashville Review, Fourth River, and Monkeybicycle, among many others, and her short stories have won the Cypress & Pine Short Fiction Award. Woodburn has published more than eighty articles and essays in national markets including The Los Angeles Times, Family Circle, Writer’s Digest, Modern Loss,Justine, and two-dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul titles. Woodburn received her MFA in Fiction Writing from Purdue University and her BA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. She is also the founder of Write On! Books (www.writeonbooks.org), an organization empowering youth through reading and writing endeavors.
“A poignant and gripping heart-tug of a page-turner filled with heart and hope. I couldn’t put it down. Magic.” —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author, All the Bright Places
"Dallas Woodburn…shows real maturity about the complexities of relationships of all kinds, and she doesn’t shirk from the painful experiences of her characters. Even so, the writing is so lively and the scenes so engaging that the reader gets to move fluidly between heft and lightness. A terrific debut!" –Aimee Bender, national bestselling author
"Dallas Woodburn's…full of tragedy and grace in equal measure. Deeply moving." –Vanessa Hua, author, A River of Stars
"Dallas Woodburn writes with rare insight and compassion about the aching glory of being young." –Hilma Wolitzer, author, An Available Man
"This debut novel is captivating and moving. A dazzling, emotional story of love, loss, and living in the moment." —Kirkus Reviews