Dear Zoe

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Viking, 2005 - Fiction - 196 pages
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Hours away from pushing the button on a self-publishing deal, lawyer-turned-novelist Philip Beard was won over by the combined efforts of a bookseller, a sales rep, a publisher, and an agent, and brought the book to Viking. With its extraordinary backstory already covered in Publishers Weekly’s “Hot Deals” column, Dear Zoehas got built-in buzz that’s just going to keep growing.

Beard’s stunning debut is an epistolary novel written from fifteen-year-old Tess DeNunzio to her little sister Zoe. After Zoe’s accidental death on September 11, 2001—a day so many others died—Tess’s family is numbed by their personal tragedy. Already acutely aware of her odd place in a home where her mother and stepfather now have children of their own, Tess begins her letter as a means of figuring out her own life—from her two-hour-a-day hair and makeup ritual to her complicity in Zoe’s death. Only after she moves in with her real father, a well-intentioned deadbeat, and stumbles into a halting romance with the sweet but aimless boy next door, does Tess begin to open her heart once more.

Not since The Lovely Boneshas there been a study of grief, adolescence, and healing that rings as true as Dear Zoe. In Tess, a girl on the verge of womanhood, Beard has crafted a pitch-perfect narrator and a debut novel of rare power and grace that will remain with readers long after the book is put down.

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User Review  - FlanneryAC - LibraryThing

i really enjoyed listening to this book but: 1. it is sad; 2. it is even more sad when you grew up in pittsburgh and know all the places the author is talking about. i listened to this on a cross ... Read full review

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User Review  - therealkat - LibraryThing

This book is about Tess, a soon-to-be 16 year old girl whose little sister, Zoe is hit by a car and killed on September 11th. Tess writes this book (letter) to Zoe as she deals with her grief over her ... Read full review


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Philip Beard is a writer, teacher, and attorney. This is his first novel.

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