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By Meg Wolitzer

Dutton Books, Hardcover, 9780525423058, 266pp.

Publication Date: September 30, 2014

Entertainment Weekly's Best YA Book of 2014
TIME magazine Top YA of 2014
"Wolitzer has imagined a world for young readers thatcelebrates the sacred, transcendentpower of reading and writing." The New York Times Book Review
There's a place where the lost go to be found.
If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She d be kissing him in the library stacks.
She certainly wouldn t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, signed up for an exclusive, supposedly life-changing class called Special Topics in English that focuses only and entirely on the works of Sylvia Plath.
But life isn t fair. Reeve has been gone for almost a year and Jam is still mourning.
When a journal-writing assignment leads Jam into a mysterious other world she and her classmates call Belzhar, she discovers a realm where the untainted past is restored, and she can feel Reeve's arms around her once again. But, as the pages of her journal begin to fill up, Jam must to confront hidden truths and ultimately decide what she's willing to sacrifice to reclaim her loss.
From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.

About the Author
Meg Wolitzer s novels includeThe Interestings;The Uncoupling;The Ten-Year Nap;The Position; The Wife; and, for young readers, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman. Wolitzer s short fiction has appeared inThe Best AmericanShort StoriesandThe Pushcart Prize. The Interestings was named a best book of the year by Entertainment Weekly, TIME magazine, and The Chicago Tribune, and named a notable book by The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post. Wolitzer lives in New York City with her family."

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014

Novelist Gabrielle Zelvin reviews Meg Wolitzer's new young adult book, Belzhar. More at

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