A Certain Slant of Light
By Laura Whitcomb
(Graphia, Paperback, 9780618585328, 288pp.)
Publication Date: September 2005
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In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen—terrified, but intrigued—is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.
Laura Whitcomb grew up in Pasadena, California where she lived in a mildly haunted house for 12 years. She has taught English in California and Hawaii. The winner of three Kay Snow Writing Awards, she was once runner up in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction contest for the best first sentence of the worst science fiction novel never written. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her dog Maximus.
"Whitcomb writes with a grace that befits Helen’s more modulated world while depicting contemporary society with sharp insight. In the subgenre of dead-narrator tales, this book shows the engaging possibilities of immortality–complete with a twist at the end that wholly satisfies." --School Library Journal School Library Journal
"A highly senual, supernatural story of two spirits caught in purgatory. . . . Mesmerizing." --Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly
"Whitcomb is generous with atmospheric detail . . . and she creatively pulls together a dramatic and compelling plot that cleverly grants rebellious teen romance a timeless grandeur." --The Bulletin Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"[An] original, opinionated, sexy, and romantic novel of the afterlife." —Horn Book Horn Book
"Whitcomb writes beautifully . . . this will be irresistible to teens." ––Booklist Booklist, ALA