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Nov. 16, 2020
Eliot Treichel
Children's: Young Adult Fiction
Damian Mayhew is stuck. Busted for selling weed at school and forced to do community service at the public library as part of a restorative justice program, Damian has fallen back on old habits—getting stoned, screwing up, and barely holding on. But when he re-meets Tabitha, a classmate from his old high school who’s now pregnant and houseless, things take a turn. As Thanksgiving approaches and the rains of western Oregon intensify, Damian invites Tabitha to live at his mother’s apartment so she won’t have to stay at a shelter. Over the next weeks, Damian begins questioning his life as it is. Reflecting on the violent death of his childhood best friend, Damian wonders if he himself can change—and if he’s even worthy of that change. With the help of Tabitha, some adults who really do care, and a book sorting machine, Damian is forced to confront his past and to build his future.
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Eliot Treichel is the author of the YA novel A Series of Small Maneuvers and the story collection Close Is Fine. A Series of Small Maneuvers received both the Oregon Book Awards Readers’ Choice Award and the Reading the West Award. It was also included in Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Teens and Tweens. Eliot is a past Tin House Writers Workshop Scholar and a past Fiction Fellow at the Fishtrap Gathering of Writers. Originally from Wisconsin, he’s spent the last twenty years in the Pacific Northwest. He’s worked as a whitewater kayak instructor, a bread baker, and a library assistant. Currently, he is a member of the English faculty at Yakima Valley College in Yakima, Washington.
Laura Strachan
Strachan Literary Agency
Annapolis, MD
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