The Last True Poets of the Sea
The Last True Poets of the Sea

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Annotation: Inspired loosely by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, teenaged Violet is shipped off to Maine after her brother's hospitalization, where she searches for the lost shipwreck that her great-great grandmother survived and for answers about her family's long struggle with mental illness, all while falling in love.
Catalog Number: #200819
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Hyperion
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 391 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-368-04808-0 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-6743-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-368-04808-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-6743-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018058556
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* When her younger brother Sam ways delicate, always different hospitalized after a suicide attempt, Violet Larkin reacts by hitting on a man in the waiting room. This last year, her partying has gotten out of control, and bewildered by their fragile son and wild daughter, her parents send her to Lyric, Maine, to stay with her mother's brother Toby. But Violet's family has deep roots in Lyric. Legend has it that the town was founded by Violet's great-great-great-grandmother Fidelia, the only passenger aboard the Lyric to survive a shipwreck, and her descendants have disaster in their blood ough Violet shaves off her wild hair and dons her dad's jeans, she can't avoid that. But as she digs into her family's history in Lyric, she becomes involved with a local group of teens, including Orion, whose musical soul speaks to Violet's in ways she'd rather forget, and Liv, the girl he loves e girl who's obsessed with the history of Lyric and its infamous shipwreck; the girl who Violet's starting to let herself get close to despite everything. Wry, quick-witted, and filled with deep grief and fathomless joy in equal measure, this is a triumphant debut. Echoes of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and the barest touches of magical realism give shape to the story, which precisely and profoundly maps the ebbs and flows of surviving through trauma.
Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 9-12

From a new voice in YA literature comes an epic, utterly unforgettable contemporary novel about a lost shipwreck, a missing piece of family history, and weathering the storms of life. Fans of Far from the Tree, We Are Okay, and Emergency Contact will love this stunning debut.

"Profound and page-turning."
--Madeline Miller, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Circe

The Larkin family isn't just lucky -- they persevere. At least that's what Violet and her younger brother, Sam, were always told. When the Lyric sank off the coast of Maine, their great-great-great-grandmother didn't drown like the rest of the passengers. No, Fidelia swam to shore, fell in love, and founded Lyric, Maine, the town Violet and Sam returned to every summer.

But wrecks seem to run in the family: Tall, funny, musical Violet can't stop partying with the wrong people. And, one beautiful summer day, brilliant, sensitive Sam attempts to take his own life.

Shipped back to Lyric while Sam is in treatment, Violet is haunted by her family's missing piece-the lost shipwreck she and Sam dreamed of discovering when they were children. Desperate to make amends, Violet embarks on a wildly ambitious mission: locate the Lyric, lain hidden in a watery grave for over a century.

She finds a fellow wreck hunter in Liv Stone, an amateur local historian whose sparkling intelligence and guarded gray eyes make Violet ache in an exhilarating new way. Whether or not they find the Lyric, the journey Violet takes -- and the bridges she builds along the way -- may be the start of something like survival.

Epic, funny, and sweepingly romantic, The Last True Poets of the Sea is an astonishing debut about the strength it takes to swim up from a wreck.

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