Today’s Deadly Destination is from Stephanie Kuehn on the Eastern United States from CHARM & STRANGE (published on June 11, 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.
Stephanie Kuehn on the Eastern United States from Charm & Strange
The world of Charm & Strange is a familiar one because it’s our world. The monsters in it are familiar, too. Because they’re our monsters.
It’s a story that jumps between two timelines: the past and the present. In the past, the story begins on a sun-warmed country club tennis court in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s a world populated with vast estate homes, manicured lawns, financial privilege, and dark, dark secrets.
As the past marches forward in time, the setting expands into the feral woods of West Virginia, where all manner of beasties live. It then roams up to Massachusetts into the twin towns of Concord and Lexington, home to the Old North bridge, Minuteman statues, and the Shot Heard ‘Round the World, before prowling around the White Mountain wilderness of New Hampshire, with its chilled lake depths and full moon nights.
In the present day story line, events take place in an unnamed Vermont boarding school. It’s a New England boarding school like all New England boarding schools—quaint, storied, and wildly aswirl with the forces of pride, tradition, academic elitism, and students who are under intense pressure from their driven parents. There are other forces at play here, too. Forces such as loyalty and loneliness, cruelty and compassion, and the bonds between people who have no one to rely on but each other.
This is a world filled with both savage truth and sweet, sweet beauty.
This is Charm & Strange.
Stephanie Kuehn holds degrees in linguistics and sport psychology, and is currently working toward a doctorate in clinical psychology. She lives in Northern California with her husband, their three children, and a joyful abundance of pets. When she’s not writing, she’s running. Or reading. Or dreaming. Her debut young adult novel, CHARM & STRANGE, is out now. COMPLICIT will be published in 2014.
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Available on June 11, 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin
When you’ve been kept caged in the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . .
Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself.
He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.
He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable.
Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present.
Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.
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