If you enjoyed reading our interview with Micol Ostow, don’t miss this chance to win her new book, family! One lucky reader will receive a copy. To enter to win, just comment on this post before midnight on Wednesday, April 20, EST; we’ll announce the winner the next day! (Note: this contest is open to U.S. and Canadian readers only.)
If you want to learn more about family, read the book description and watch the trailer below!
i have always been broken.
i could have. died.
and maybe it would have been better if i had.
It is a day like any other when seventeen-year-old Melinda Jensen hits the road for San Francisco, leaving behind her fractured home life and a constant assault on her self-esteem. Henry is the handsome, charismatic man who comes upon her, collapsed on a park bench, and offers love, a bright new consciousness, and–best of all–a family. One that will embrace her and give her love. Because family is what Mel has never really had. And this new family, Henry’s family, shares everything. They share the chores, their bodies, and their beliefs. And if Mel truly wants to belong, she will share in everything they do. No matter what the family does, or how far they go.
Told in episodic verse, family is a fictionalized exploration of cult dynamics, loosely based on the Manson Family murders of 1969. It is an unflinching look at people who are born broken, and the lengths they’ll go to to make themselves “whole” again.
Warning: If you’re especially sensitive (or one of our younger visitors), we might recommend steering clear of the following (super intriguing, but also super creepy) trailer. There’s nothing graphic, but some violence is implied.