WHEN 15-YEAR-OLD MICK Nichols opens the wrong e-mail, he learns a terrible secret: His stepmother is having an affair with a man named Alexander Selkirk. Mick is stunned. Should he tell his father, confront his stepmother, or keep it all to himself? And who, exactly, is Alexander Selkirk? Mick becomes obsessed with the infidelity, in spite of some serious distractions. Distractions like Lisa Doyle, the religious field-hockey player with the coppery red hair. Like the surprising (but appreciated) affections of Myra Vidal, a famously gorgeous college freshman with a secret of her own. And at the moment Mick discovers Selkirk’s true identity, he realizes his problems are all zipped up together—and that he may have to go to drastic lengths to untangle them.
“The McNeals spin a wonderfully rich story.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A well-honed novel. . . . Readers will be sucked in.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Laura Rhoton McNeal has a master's degree in fiction writing from Syracuse University and taught 8th, 9th, and 11th grade English in Salt Lake City. She has been married for more than 20 years to Tom McNeal, with whom she collaborated first on a picture book called The Dog Who Lost His Bob and then on four critically-acclaimed young adult novels published by Knopf. Her solo novel, Dark Water, was published in 2010 and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Tom and Laura live with their two boys in southern California.
Tom McNeal was born in Santa Ana, California, where his father and grandfather raised oranges. He spent part of every summer at the Nebraska farm where his mother was born and raised, and after earning a BA in English at UC Berkeley and an MFA in creative writing at UC Irvine, he taught school in the town that was the inspiration for his first novel, Goodnight, Nebraska. Tom has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and his short stories have been widely anthologized.