When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. One of seven children, Emma used to be the invisible kid, but now it seems everyone is watching her. And just as she's about to start high school and try to recover her friendships and former life, one of her classmates is found dead in an apparent suicide. Fifteen and blind, Emma has to untangle what happened and why in order to see for herself what makes life worth living.
Unflinching in its portrayal of Emma's darkest days, yet full of hope and humor, Rachel DeWoskin's brilliant "Blind "is one of those rare books that utterly absorbs the reader into the life and experience of another.
About the Author
Rachel DeWoskin spent her twenties in China as the unlikely star of a nighttime soap opera thatinspired her memoir"Foreign Babes in Beijing." She has written two novels, "Repeat After Me," and"Big Girl Small," the coming of age story of a sixteen-year-old with dwarfism."Big Girl Small"received the American Library Association s Alex Award, and Rachel s conversations with young readers inspiredher to write her first YA novel, "Blind." Rachel lives in Chicago and Beijing with her husband, playwright Zayd Dohrn, and their two little girls."
Praise for Rachel DeWoskin:
“Wonderfully engaging . . . captures the way adolescence renders one’s own identity somehow unknowable” —The Boston Globe on Big Girl Small
“Amusing, hypnotic . . . Like a contemporary version of The Wizard of Oz or its coming-of-age antecedent, Alice in Wonderland, Judy’s experiences of adolescence are exhilarating, terrifying, and almost uniformly surreal. —Time Out (New York) on Big Girl Small
“Cultures don’t so much collide as coalesce in DeWoskin’s sparkling debut novel . . . Infusing her multicultural narrative with vibrant observations that glitter with laser-intense acuity, DeWoskin demonstrates a smart, sophisticated literary agility.” —Booklist, starred review, on Repeat After Me
“A tender story of manic love and loss, this is a heartbreaking and uplifting novel with memorably off-kilter leads.” —Publishers Weekly on Repeat After Me
“An intelligent and complex portrait . . . DeWoskin deserves special praise.” —The Wall Street Journal on Foreign Babes in Beijing