Hooray! CCLaP's newest original book, and our last original book of the year, is finally here! It's called four sparks fall by a Florida author named T.A. Noonan, and is a bit tricky to classify; depending on who you ask, it's either an adult novella that happens to concern young people, or it's a Young Adult novella that happens to be particularly grown-up. Let me start by sharing the synopsis with you, and let you make up your own mind about how to classify it...
Sixteen-year-old May Florence is a budding poet who is about to join Louisiana's most elite boarding school. Her brilliant but reserved twin sister, Susanna, isn't. But the truth is, they've been drifting apart for some time, their relationship barely sustained by shared friendships and mutual envy. Now, as Susanna watches May prepare to leave her behind, she must reconcile what she thinks she knows about herself and her sister with the secrets they've been keeping from one another -- or risk losing her closest friend forever. four sparks fall is the story of two young adults searching for love and acceptance in Baton Rouge, a city as complex as the people who inhabit it. At once confessional and speculative, analytical and numinous, T.A. Noonan's debut novella is an affecting coming-of-age story for readers of all ages.
As you can see, one of the reasons I liked this book so much is precisely because it's so hard to categorize; and then it especially becomes intriguing once you open it up and see that it has an experimental format as well, enlisting three main narrative voices (the two sisters and one sister's diary entries), each presented in their own specialized text formatting, a real trial-and-error process when it came to the EPUB and Kindle versions that allow for so little customized formatting to begin with. It's a fascinating and moving book, one I wish had been around when I had been a senior in high school myself, and it marks legitimate new ground for CCLaP to move into, a book not just appropriate for you but your teenage child as well.
As always, the electronic version of four sparks fall is being offered completely for free over at its main web headquarters (or, technically a "pay what you want" scheme, although nearly everyone chooses the free version), in PDFs customized for both American (8.5 x 11) and European (A4) laserprinters, an EPUB for most mobile devices (including iPads and iPhones, Kobos, Nooks, Sony Readers and more), and a MOBI specifically and exclusively for Amazon Kindles. (Make sure to email the file to your "Send to Kindle" address after you download it, or physically transfer it through your USB cord; or if you don't want to go to all this trouble, simply buy it at the Kindle Store for $4.99, and have it automatically delivered to your device.) And also as always, we have a special handmade hardback paper edition for sale as well (black on black on black!), which you can order with either recycled paper or cotton sheets, and have delivered either through the cheaper First Class Mail or faster Priority Mail. And we've got lots of supplementary stuff coming up with the book as well, including an interview soon with the author and a series of critical essays; but for now, I hope all you social networkers will have a chance to add to this to your library at Goodreads.com, and especially to post a few thoughts about it after you're done reading. As I've mentioned many times, word-of-mouth is the number-one way a tiny little press like ours increases sales of our books, so your kind mention online can and does make a huge difference in how many copies of our titles we get into people's hands.
This is an especially exciting title for us, an experimental move into new territory that we hope goes well, and I'm positive you're going to love this no matter what your existing opinion on so-called "YA literature." I encourage you to go download or order the book right this minute.